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Millbrook School AD Ed Allen Remembered As 'Second Father,' 'Best Coach'

Millbrook School Athletic Director Ed Allen, 32, was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Route 44 in Washington.
Millbrook School Athletic Director Ed Allen, 32, was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Route 44 in Washington. Photo Credit: Contributed

MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- The sudden loss of Millbrook School Athletic Director Ed Allen in a weekend vehicle collision has been met with condolences and fond memories from those who knew them.

"He loved his work at Millbrook School, and he lived each day with the goal of setting an example for the students here," a statement from the school read. "He was a fierce competitor, which might not have been obvious to those who did not know him well, due to his often quiet demeanor. He was not verbose, but deeply thoughtful."

Millbrook School shared the remarks from current and former community members about Allen, who joined the school in 2009.

Allen had served as athletic director since 2011, the school noted. He also coached the girls varsity hockey team, the boys baseball team and the boys soccer team.

"Coach Allen was the deciding factor in sending my daughter to Millbrook," stated Coral Paige, a school parent. "She said he's the best coach she ever had, that he really knew how to communicate with her to encourage her to play her best."

"You led by example on everything — from how hard you expected us to work to how you expected us to conduct ourselves as we represent an entity larger than ourselves," stated Geneva Wagoner, a member of the class of 2013 who played on the hockey team. "You put your family before everything else. While the athletes you coached may be across the world, your hockey family will come together to remember your wisdom in life: just focus on the next shift."

Melissa Sheeran, a member of the class of 2014 and former hockey player, stated, "Words can't explain what this man meant to me. I wouldn't be who I am or where I am without you. You were like a second father to me. I love you Mr. Allen. Forever in my heart."

"I will never forget everything you and your family did for me during my time at Millbrook!" stated Edward Opoku, a member of the class of 2015. "You took me in as part of your family! Cared for me as a your own son…I can only say thank you!"

Allen's daughters who were involved in the vehicle collision, Tatum and Codie, remain hospitalized, Millbrook School stated in a Monday update.

"They are still being cared for at a regional hospital, and we continue to ask for positive thoughts and prayers for a full recovery."

The school also announced that a trust is being established for Allen's wife, Emily and his daughters.

Funeral plans have not yet been announced.

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