Coaches Spotlight

Last Updated: 11/16/2021 7:15 PM

Winter Coaches Spotlight

Coach Williams - 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach

Coach Jones - 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach

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Hi -  I'm Bennie Williams and I graduated in 02 from Allen East.  I went to Olivet Michigan and played basketball there. I've been coaching for 14 years.  I have coached JV girls at AE back in 06 and I'm currently coaching the 8th boys.  I am married to Brittany Williams and we have 6 wonderful kids together. 

My name is Trevor Jones and I coach the boys 7th grade basketball team. I am a 1996 graduate of Allen East High School. I have coached multiple teams at varying levels in the past, including teams at Waynesfield, Ada and Allen East. I also coached an area AYBT team, Allen Elite, for several years. I have been married to my wife Keri for 20 years and we have three children who attended Allen East, Caden played football and basketball, Addison played soccer and ran track, and Deacon (grade 7) plays football and basketball. I work at R.D. Jones Excavating in Harrod, OH and when I'm not working or coaching basketball, I enjoy helping my kids with their 4H livestock projects.  

Coach Young - HS Head Boys Basketball Coach

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My name is Gabe Young and I am the Varsity Boys Basketball coach.

I am a 2001 graduate of Allen East High School. I have been coaching basketball here at Allen East for 10 seasons (Jr High Boys, Jr High Girls and JV Boys). I am also the Director of Basketball for Allen Elite AAU. I am Married to my wife Sheena and have two kids Ethan and Aaliyah. My hobbies include fishing, playing golf and spending most of my summer in the basketball gym. 

Coach Andrea Kessen - 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach

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My name is Andrea Kessen, I am the head coach for the 8th grade girls basketball team, assistant for the 7th grade girls basketball team and I also coach the 5th grade girls basketball team.  I am a 1999 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School where I lettered in Varsity basketball for three years and Track and Field for two years, after graduating I played 3 years of college basketball.  My husband Justin and I have been married for 16 years and have two daughters; Avery (8th grade) and Jalynn (5th grade).  Justin and I have coached for the last 3 years in the AEYSA program, we also coach two teams together for Huntsman Elite AAU in Bellefontaine in the spring and summer. I was a stay at home mom for many years and I have worked at Procter and Gamble for the last 4 years.  We spend most of our time in the gym training and coaching year-round.  Our passion for basketball runs deep and we are so thankful for the opportunity to coach, teach and mentor the Jr. High girls.  #liftaswebuild       

Coach Justin Kessen - 7th Grade Girls Basketball Coach

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My name is Justin Kessen and I am a 1999 graduate of Lima Central Catholic. After graduating I played one year of college basketball and then spent 4 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. For the past 17 years I have worked out of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #776. I have been married to my lovely wife Andrea for the past 16 years and have two wonderful daughters that go to Allen East, Avery (8th Grade) and Jalynn (5th grade). Together, Andrea and I have been coaching together for 3 years in the AEYSA program, along with coaching AAU with Huntsman Elite in Bellefontaine. I am very excited in having the opportunity to coach these young ladies in the junior high level.

Coach Montgomery - HS Head Girls Basketball Coach

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My name is Aaron Montgomery, I am a 2012 graduate from Indianapolis, Indiana. I received my bachelor's degree from Bluffton University where I was a member of the basketball team for 2 years. I received my master's degree from Grand Canyon University in Special Education. I am currently a MD teacher at Bath Elementary School. Previously, I have been a coach at various levels for the past 8 years. In my spare time I love to golf, spend time with my friends, go on vacations with my wife Gwen, and relax. I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to lead the girls program, and am blessed to pass on my knowledge and to teach our young women. 

Coach Abbey - HS Head Wrestling Coach

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My name is Mike Abbey.  This is my 22nd year as Head Wrestling Coach at Allen East High School.  I also teach mathematics at AEHS.  I live in the district with my wife, Jessy and my two daughters; Sydney and Jolene.  I graduated from Findlay HS and Muskingum College, where I wrestled and played football.  I have also coached football, golf, and baseball for Allen East.  My hobbies include spending time with my girls/wife, golfing, fishing, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

Spring Coaches Spotlight

Coach Anderson - HS Head Baseball Coach

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My name is Tyler Anderson and I am the High School Baseball Coach. I am a 2013 graduate of Shawnee High School and a 2018 graduate from Bowling Green State University. I played five years of college baseball at BGSU as a right-handed pitcher, and spent most of my time as a weekend starter there. I also played three summers with the Lima Locos, whilst being apart of a Great Lake Summer Collegiate Championship. I am thrilled to have this opportunity at Allen East, as it is my first Head Coach position. I have spent part of the last 3 years as an assistant both at Perry High School and Kalida High School for baseball. I also run and coach Van Wert Legion baseball in the summers. While baseball predominantly takes precedent in my life, in my free time I enjoy playing with my dog Benni, playing Video Games, and traveling when I can. I am excited to be here at Allen East. Go Mustangs!

Coach Coble - HS Head Softball Coach

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My name is Kelly Coble. This is my first year as the Varsity Softball Coach at Allen East. I am a 2007 graduate of Continental where I played soccer, basketball and softball.  I graduated from Defiance College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and in 2013 with a Masters of Education. I am currently the 4-H Educator in Allen County. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I am excited to be the coach of AE Softball, Go Mustangs!

Coach Crea - HS Head Track Coach

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My name is Brady Crea. This is my first year as the Head Track Coach at Allen East. I am a 2014 graduate of Shawnee where I played football, ran track, and was a member of the WBL Sportsmanship Committee. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education with concentration areas being Social Studies and Math. During the school day, I teach 7th grade History and Math. I am also an assistant football coach here too, as I coach wide receivers and defensive backs. I previously taught at Elgin for a year where I was a 7th grade Math teacher and an assistant football and track coach. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing, playing golf, playing video games, spending time with my friends and family, and watching the Browns and Cavaliers. I am excited to be the coach of AE track, Go Mustangs!

 

Fall Coaches Spotlight

Coach Billings - HS Head Football Coach

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My name is Joel Billings. I am a 2006 graduate of Waynesfield-Goshen where I played football and ran track. I received my bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in Integrated Social Studies. While at Defiance I also played football and was a team captain my senior year. Later I received my master’s degree from Kent State University in Instructional Technology. During the school day, I teach Freshman History along with Psychology and Sociology. I have been an assistant coach here for the last five years and previously coached football and taught at Bellefontaine. My wife Brittany teaches first grade here and we have three children Beau, Brody, and Brynlee. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising, and the outdoors. I am very excited and proud to have the opportunity to lead the program. I also am very proud of our players and the hard work they dedicate to the program. Go Mustangs!!!

Coach Austin - HS Head Cheerleading Advisor

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Hello. My name is Kristi Austin and I am proud to coach Allen East’s hardworking JV and Varsity Cheer squads. In addition to being the Head Cheer Coach at Allen East I am also a second grade teacher. I graduated from Allen East as did my husband Jeff. We have four kids who are also Mustangs. Caleb, Mallory, and Cole are all AE grads now. My youngest daughter Marah is in sixth grade. I attained my bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University (Tiger Up!) and also earned a Master's Degree from Bluffton College. This is my fifth year as High School Cheer Coach. My favorite things include spending time with my family, watching Allen East sports, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and all things Disney!

Coach Abbey - JH Football Coach

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My name is Mike Abbey.  I teach mathematics at AEHS.  I live in the district with my wife, Jessy and my two daughters; Sydney and Jolene.  I graduated from Findlay HS and Muskingum College, where I wrestled and played football.  I have also coached football, golf, and baseball for Allen East.  My hobbies include spending time with my girls/wife, golfing, fishing, and watching the Cincinnati Reds.

Coach Knippen - JH Cheerleading Advisor

My name is Melany Knippen.  I am a graduate of Delphos Jefferson.  I received my undergraduate degree from Wright State University and my masters from Bowling Green State University.  I am currently working toward a second masters degree from Wright State University.  This is my first year as the Junior High Cheer Coach.  In the past I have coached Varsity and JV cheer but stopped when my son reached that level of play in order to attend his games.  Coaching Junior High allows me to work with our Allen East students and still watch my son play!  In addition to coaching I am the advisor for the Allen East French Club and the Junior Class Prom. I am beginning my 16th year as the French teacher here at Allen East as well.  In my free time I enjoy reading and traveling. 

Coach Stoodt - HS Head Boys Soccer Coach

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Hi, my name is Chance Stoodt. I'm the head coach of the boys soccer team at Allen East. This is my first year with the program but 10th year coaching soccer. I graduated high school from Cory-Rawson, where I played football and soccer. I then earned a Bachelor's Degree from Bowling Green State University. When I'm not coaching, my day job is recruiting for a life-sciences company. I'm married to Olivia Stoodt and together we have two girls: Avery (9 years) and Eloise (3 months). It's been great meeting the AE soccer family and I look forward to getting to know the greater community as well!

Coach Roeder - HS Head Girls Soccer Coach

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Hello.  My name is Steve Roeder and I am the Girls Varsity Soccer Coach. 

I graduated from Westland High School in Columbus, OH and continued my education at Ashland University graduating with a BSBA degree.  I have two daughters, Macey and McKenna, both of whom graduated from Allen East.  Having been employed by the Spartan Nash corporation for the last 25 years, I hopefully will be retiring in the near future.  In my spare time, I enjoy golfing, fishing, and hanging out with family and friends. 

I have been involved in our youth sports program from way back to the beginning of AEYSA, where I was the Soccer Director.  With the help of many parents and volunteers, we as a community were able to build our soccer program into what it is today.  I have coached the girls and boys Jr. High soccer teams before accepting this position this year.  We had an amazing first season and the future looks very bright for our program in the coming years.  Go Mustangs!

 

Coach Basham - HS Head Volleyball Coach

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My name is Laura Basham.  I grew up in Rossford, Ohio and went to Cardinal Stritch High School.  I have 5 daughters, their names are Summer (18), Lakin (18), Soraya (14), Savannah (9), and Lauren (6).  When I'm not coaching volleyball, I am at multiple games, as my girls' biggest fan!  I started my coaching career at Elida Middle School.  Then, I transitioned into club volleyball at Trailblazers VBC.  I started coaching at Allen East back in 2016 and I am very proud of the progress we've made and proud to be a Mustang!

 

Coach Schick - 7th Grade Volleyball Coach

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My name is Lydia Schick and I am the 7th grade volleyball coach. This will be my second year coaching. I am a proud 2009 graduate of Allen East where I played volleyball, basketball and softball. I am a graduate of Dayton School of Medical Massage. My husband Justin and I have been married for 8 years and have a son Hunter who is 7 years old and a daughter Harper who is 11 years old. In my spare time I play in volleyball leagues, spend time with my family and go boating.  

Coach Young - 8th Grade Volleyball Coach

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Hi, I am Sheena Young, the 8th grade Volleyball Coach. I am also the Faculty Manager for Allen East School.  I am a 2000 graduate from Perry High School where I played volleyball, softball, and cheered. I am a Graduate of Rhodes State College with a RN degree. Worked at St Ritas for 10 yrs and currently work at home for Humana Medicare as a nurse. My husband Gabe and I of 16 yrs are proud parents of 2 kids Ethan; Freshman and Aaliyah; 7th gr, both at Allen East. I love attending my kids sporting events for Allen east, travel ball (basketball and softball) and watching my son compete with his horse. I am very proud of my 8th grade Volleyball player with their hard work, dedication. The future of Allen East Volleyball is VERY bright and promising! GO MUSTANGS! 

Coach Johnson - HS Head Cross Country Coach

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My name is Zach Johnson and I am the head coach of the Allen East cross country team. I graduated from Bath High School in 2011. This is my 5th year of coaching cross country. I have 4 years of coaching experience at Lima Senior. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a bachelors of science in middle school education focusing on science and math. I am also excited to be assisting with the Allen East High School track and field program this spring. Running and fitness training has been a large part of my life for the last 10 plus years. I am married to my wife Hannah and I have a new born daughter, River. In my free time I enjoy being with my family, exercising, golfing, and playing video games. Go Mustangs!

Coach Hollar - HS Head Golf Coach