Allard excited for opportunity with NEVC

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Jenny Allard, then the Nevada High School junior varsity head coach, works with varsity starter Jansen Miller in early-March of 2015.
Matt Resnick | Daily Mail file photo

After more than a year away, Jenny Allard is returning to her true passions — teaching and coaching.

Allard, who taught science and coached girls varsity and junior varsity basketball at Nevada High School from 2004 to 2015, is returning to the classroom and sidelines for the upcoming school year with Northeast Vernon County.

Allard’s employment with the school was confirmed at NEVC’s regular board meeting in June. Allard will be the school’s new physical education teacher, as well the head coach of the boys and girls varsity basketball and junior high basketball teams.

Allard’s last previous coaching position was with Nevada High School, when she guided the varsity girls team to a 10-16 overall record during the 2015-16 school year.

“I’m extremely grateful to the (NEVC R-1) administration and school board for giving me this opportunity,” Allard told the Daily Mail.

“Because I’ve spent the past school year away from coaching and teaching, I’ve realized how much I’ve missed it; especially the relationships formed with students and players.”

Allard said she is excited about the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

“Due to my late hire date (in June), I haven’t had the opportunity to work much with my new players,” said the veteran coach. “However, we have had several workout this month, and I am very encouraged and excited by what I’ve seen so far.”

Allard continued: “This seems to be a group of student-athletes who are willing to put in time and hard work to be successful, on and off the court. Needless to say, I am extremely happy to be a part of the Northeast Vernon County family.”

Allard has previous experience coaching Class 1 basketball, as she began her career with Sheldon R-8 in 2001, after graduating from Pittsburg State University.

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