Written by Brandon George
Carter football coach Allen Wilson to retire after school year, says career not 'totally over'
Carter’s Allen Wilson, the most highly regarded Dallas ISD football coach, said Wednesday that he plans to retire at the end of the school year.
Wilson, 59, is well-respected by his peers for his many accomplishments in his 28 seasons as a head coach, including guiding Paris to the Class 4A state title in 1988 and Tyler John Tyler to the Class 5A Division II state championship in 1994.
“It’s like in any profession, ‘Did you do it the right way?’ And that’s what you try to do,” Wilson said. “The thing that you take away from all of this is the relationships you built and the kids you’ve seen grow up and gone on to be successful.”
All told, Wilson coached 35 seasons and was 249-88-4 as a head coach. His 2000 John Tyler team reached a 5A state title game, and he led teams to the playoffs in 23 of his 28 seasons. In 2002, Wilson left John Tyler for Carter, where he amassed a record of 87-24 over nine seasons.
“I know I really look up to him,” Skyline football coach Reginald Samples said. “Any time there’s an issue and something I need advice on, he’s the guy who I call. Not very many coaches won state championships at different high schools. He’s going to be missed dearly.”
Wilson is best known in his career for using the Wing-T rushing offense — sticking with it even during today’s spread era, where almost every high school team is passing more — and for being on the winning side of the infamous John Tyler-Plano East playoff game in 1994 at Texas Stadium. John Tyler defeated Plano East, 48-44, in a game that is widely regarded as the most dramatic high school football game ever played because of its wild finish.
Wilson said he coached nine players who went on to the NFL. He said the best player he ever coached was defensive end David Warren, who was a star on John Tyler’s 1994 team before playing at Florida State. Wilson said former Carter standout Michael Crabtree, who transitioned from high school quarterback to star receiver at Texas Tech and now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, is a close second.
Wilson, the highest-paid coach in the Dallas ISD with an annual salary of $97,603, said his last day at Carter will be June 6. Wilson said he’ll leave the door open to possibly returning to coaching one day, but for now, he plans to spend more time with his wife, Yolunda, at their home in Garland, his four daughters and one son and his 10 grandchildren.