Honoring Black History: Former Wichita East High School basketball coach Ron Allen

Black History Month

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Ron Allen is the former Wichita East High School boys basketball coach.

“The objective was to win the championship and nothing less,” Allen explained.

He would go on to win over 300 games within the 20 years as a coach.

“I’ve always had confidence in myself, and I believed that I could make a difference somehow, but the keyword was for me is opportunity,” Allen said with a smile on his face.

Allen was the first Black player on the Southeast High School boys basketball team and also played college basketball at the University of Arizona under the first Black coach in a major league program.

As a man with different experiences from the game that he loved, he was inspired to pass on his wisdom to the next generation.

“The biggest knocks that I have heard is that I kept the kids that the other coaches did not. It was my challenge to make the better.”

Allen became head coach at East the same year Korleone Young joined the Blue Aces. Apart of a sell-out team and known for their talent, East went on to win back to back City League titles in the ’90s.

Ron Allen retired in 2012 and was inducted into the Wichita East, Southeast High, and Biddy Hall of fame.

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