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High Principal

Miami East Junior High School

Employment History

  • Coach
    Miami East Junior High School
  • Coach
    Miami East
  • Head Boys Basketball Coach
    Miami East
  • Miami East Coach


  • Manchester College
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CASSTOWN - The Miami East Board ..., 17 Mar 2015 [cached]
CASSTOWN - The Miami East Board of Education opened their regularly scheduled March board meeting with a presentation from Allen Mack, Miami East Junior High Principal, concerning the Value-Added Results recognition from Battelle and the State of Ohio singling out the district for continued success.
Mack was there to explain in detail the prestigious district's recognition by Battelle and the State of Ohio for the 4th time in the last five years and the process that continues the school's success.
"Our district scored number 1 in the county in the sixth grade math; Miami East scored number 1 in the county in our 7th grade advanced students in math; we scored number 1 in eighth grade math and number 1 in science with the advantage students," Mack said.
"The teachers, parents, and students have worked together and it really has been a team effort," Mack said, adding that when students change buildings, as they progress in grade level, they come prepared for the next level.
"Vince has gone on to a ..., 19 Mar 2014 [cached]
"Vince has gone on to a lot of great things in terms of his valuable service to our country," Miami East coach Allen Mack said.
Mack would agree with that assessment.
"He was definitely not quite as front and center as maybe some of the other guys on the team were," he said.
As the game against North Adams wound down, however, he quickly became front and center.
While many in attendance - and even more in the media - would make arguments whether the shot was good, Mack made sure his team remained focused on its goal of winning a state championship.
Often lost in the legend and lore surrounding "The Shot" is that even after Miami East had knocked off North Adams in such stunning fashion, it still had a state title game to play two days later, much like many forget that after the 1980 U.S. men's hockey team upset the powerful Soviet Union in the Winter Olympics, it still had to come back and defeat Finland to capture the gold.
"I think our kids were a little bit sheltered from that," Mack said.
His mother actually serves as a secretary at Miami East Junior High School, where Mack is principal.
"We got the best shot we ..., 19 Feb 2015 [cached]
"We got the best shot we could hope for," Miami East coach Allen Mack said.
We were 4-0 in games five points or closer until this," Mack said. "One more play here or there, and maybe we could've gotten over the hump.
They just hit a high enough percentage to win," Mack said.
"Damien took advantage of some difficult man-to-man matchups for them," Mack said.
"It's a tournament-type matchup for us, playing a tough Division I school with some good athletes," Mack said., 15 July 2006 [cached]
You could almost hear the cheers from the Miami East school district reverberate through the whole conference when it was announced that Allen Mack was returning as Miami East's head boys basketball coach. While the east side of Miami County shook, the rest of the basketball world in the CCC with any knowledge of Mack's coaching resume raised a curious eyebrow. 'Mack is back' they thought. Instantly the thought of a State Championship and two other appearances in the final 4 raised the 'street cred' of every team in the conference. The Mack attack is back and he doesn't come with a large fry and Diet Coke.
While I make it sound like Allen Mack is making a triumphant march back to coaching after being courted by every mom and dad on the athletic boosters, it is quite the opposite. It was Allen who sought the position and the approval of the School Superintendent before he even submitted his application.
You see Allen Mack missed coaching, but not for the state championships and the accolades of being a successful coach. He missed the relationships. Since Allen Mack values the relationship with his employer he wasn't going to apply for the job without getting the OK.
Allen Mack began his teaching career at Miami East in the fall of 1987 after graduating from Manchester College. He taught math for 15 years and 14 of those 15 years he was the varsity boys' basketball coach. After coaching JV his first year, he became the varsity coach after the program sustained 10 losing seasons in a row. In his first year coaching, the Vikings were 7 – 14. There was but one losing season in the next 14 years. Subtract the first year off the career record of 219 and 104, the Vikings averaged over 16 wins and just under 7 losses per season. By the time career one was over Miami East made three appearances in the final four and brought home the State Championship in 1996. Before the Mack years the Vikings had one district championship in 1961.
Mack enters his 6th year as the Junior High Principal (6th – 8th grade) at Miami East. He notes that he has an excellent staff to work with and that the students at Miami East are pretty good students. He noted that the school district and the Jr. High received an Excellent rating last year on the State Achievement Tests. With his priorities in place you understand why he sought the counsel of the Superintendent and others before putting in application for the coaching position.
It doesn't take long into a conversation to realize that Allen Mack is the ultimate team player. You sense immediately that it is in the relationships that he has with his family, employer, assistant coaches and team that success has found him over the years.
The other impression you get is balance. He is a very smart, humble person, who is quiet spoken, and appreciative of the blessings and good fortunes that have met him during his coaching, teaching and personal life. You also sense a very determined person, who is confident, disciplined, competitive, while displaying a Teddy Roosevelt, 'walk silently and carry a big stick' demeanor.
In his basketball life, Mack gives credit to the coaches he was exposed to as a player in high school as a Covington Buccaneer and the assistant coaches that have sat next to him during his career as Miami East Viking.
Mack played basketball and baseball at Covington, and as he explains it, "I tell people as a student athlete that I was a better student than I was an athlete!"
Mack was a role player his Junior and Senior years on teams coached by the most successful coach in Covington boys' basketball history, Bob Huelsman (won 77% of games played).
As valedictorian of the Class of '83, Mack paid attention in the class room, but he also absorbed and paid attention while sitting next to the coaches on the bench.
"Growing up as a player at Covington I took a lot from their program" noted Mack.
The zone defense played by the Buccs during his playing days is very similar to the zone D that Miami East played during his first 14 years and will likely be the D of choice as this year's team continues to develop.
"Team work was emphasized greatly there," noted Mack and is certainly one of the parts of his previous teams' success at Miami East.
Keys to Success
Coaching Staff Mack believes one of big keys in the success at Miami East during Mack's first 14 years was the assembled coaching staff.
"A big part of having a successful season" noted Coach Mack, "is that staff around you. So many times it is overlooked by people just coming to watch the varsity teams on a Friday or Saturday night."
Defense Defense is the number one focus. "It's an old cliche, but 'offense wins games and defense wins championships' and I am a believer in that" said Mack.
"Trying to convey the importance of teamwork and accepting roles that will help the team be successful is another key part" stated Mack.
When asked whether that is harder now than it was 15 years ago, he replied, "I think it is the same challenges as when I started.
After talking about what makes and will make a successful team and knowing all the factors that it takes to make it through a tourney run, I asked Coach Mack, "How special was it to make not one, but three trips to Columbus?"
"It was very special" noted Coach Mack.
The words quoted above were what stuck with me in my conversation with Allen Mack. You realize that success found Allen Mack because he prepared himself for the next step. Opportunity is what was seized and success just happened to be the end result.
You know that place; Opportunity. It is where luck and preparedness happen to meet.
You can bet that Miami East will be prepared under the helm of Allen Mack and his assistant coaches.
Like the successful teams that he was fortunate to coach, Allen Mack appears to have balance with his administrative, coaching and family life.
Either way, I'm sure anyone associated with Allen Mack is thankful that they have a team player on their side.
"I was very pleased with our ..., 8 Feb 2015 [cached]
"I was very pleased with our response," Miami East coach Allen Mack said.
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