LIMA — Shawn Allen still wants to coach basketball.
It just won’t be at Lima Senior.
Lima Senior announced in a Tuesday morning press release that “The Lima City Schools is now accepting applications for the position of head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Lima Senior High School.”
The release went on to say, “The Lima City Schools is now accepting applications for the position of head boys varsity basketball coach at Lima Senior High School.
With that, Allen was out.
In seven seasons, Allen compiled a record of 77-79. Lima Senior finished 10-14, 5-9 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference this past season.
Allen made it clear he didn’t resign.
“I did not step down,” Allen said. “I’d still like to coach. I’m truly disappointed in their decision. My hope is that I’ll be able to help someone else next year, either as an assistant or a volunteer. I’m a guy who cares about hoops.”
Allen played at Lima Senior and graduated from there in 1985. He went on to play at Ohio Northern from 1987-89 and scored 1,080 points.
He’s been a head coach for seven years at Lima Senior and has coached at various levels for 24 years.
“I’m only 46,” he said. “I have plenty of energy left. I’m not burned out.”
Lima Senior ended the regular season season with wins over Mansfield Senior and Toledo St. Francis. It won its first tournament game against Bowling Green, before losing to Findlay in the sectional finals.
The team’s last winning record was 12-7 in 2011.
Over the last three years, Lima Senior has gone 10-14, 7-16, 3-18.
The Spartans went 19-5 and reached the regional semifinals in 2009.