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PHHS Announces to XC Coaches

posted Aug 2, 2014, 1:50 PM by Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry Cross Country 2014

Press Release – New Coaches


McDuffrie Allen

Head Coach

Coach Allen joins the Patrick Henry Cross Country coaching staff this fall after a career in the Marines where he worked as a Logistics Specialist for the DOD and competed in events from the 200 meters up to the 5000 meters. Father to three boys and two girls, Coach Allen has worked with youth, young adults, and adults for over thirty years.

He has coached two Junior National Champions in the 800/400, one country champion, two state champions, and two Masters’ National Champions.

He is the USATF 2014 Men Masters’ National Outdoor 800 meter champion with four other silver and bronze medals at the Nationals. In addition, Coach McDuffrie was a member of the Masters’ 4X400 team that won the gold medal at the Penn Relays in 2009.

He has personal bests of 15:12.42 for 5000 meters; 4:02.33 for the mile; 1:47.02 for 800 meters; and 21.9 for 200 meters.

Brian Ballard

Assistant Coach

Brian Ballard, a 2005 graduate of Patrick Henry, competed for four years in cross country and track. Coach Ballard went to McKendree University for three years in Illinois where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness. He is currently attending school to eventually get a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He is looking forward to the season and working with everyone, and he hopes to help continue the success this program has had for many years.

Jason Good

Assistant Coach

Jason Good is an English teacher who graduated from UCSC.  Coach Good ran cross country at Granite Hills High School and was trained by Coach Dave Yarbrough. In addition, he played soccer and ran distance in track.  His interest in coaching stems from his belief that high school athletics are an integral component to success in both academic and social development. He is excited for the opportunity to work with the team and the rest of the coaching staff.