It’s difficult to imagine Tom Allen pouring all of his seemingly limitless energy into debits and credits, but that’s the path he was on as he went off to college after graduating from New Castle H.S. in 1988.
The son of a football coach, Allen says he went to college with the idea of majoring in accounting, but quickly pivoted to education after a year. It was a calling inspired by his father.
“It’s crazy, I went off to college to become an accountant, which is interesting I know probably to hear,” Allen said in an NBC interview published this week.
“After I was studying and got that first year in, I was just like ‘you know what, I just need to something that’s going to have more of an impact on someone’s life.’ And not that that other (accounting) couldn’t, but this (coaching) is what I saw my dad do.”
Still, Allen says he taught accounting and business courses in high school when he coached at that level, including at Ben Davis H.S. in Indianapolis.
NBC Sports is picking up Big Ten football games this fall under the league’s new media rights agreement, and Kathryn Tappen of NBC sat down for a one-on-one with Allen to discuss his upbringing, Indiana roots, outlook for 2023 season, that interesting initial major, and much more.
Video via NBC Sports
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