Dewey Allgood, who served as a coach and administrator in Missouri S&T's department of athletics for 40 years and a member of the university's Athletic Hall of Fame, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the age of 91.
Allgood joined the university's coaching staff as its head basketball and assistant football coach in 1950. He served as the head basketball coach until 1964, when he was named as the replacement to long-time head coach Gale Bullman for the Miner football program, leading that team through the 1971 season. He was the head coach of the Miners' 1969 team – one that is a member of the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame – that had a 7-2 record and the team's best mark in over a decade.
In addition, he was the head coach of the university's golf, cross country and track & field programs, leading numerous student-athletes in those programs to national meets and coached six to All-America honors. The Miners' 1985 cross country team finished third at the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and fifth at the NCAA regional meet under his leadership.
Allgood's greatest contribution, as noted in a program from his retirement celebration, was his “personal concern and care for the many athletes he has coached. He has truly made a difference in their lives.” He had built tremendous relationships with the student-athletes he coached during his tenure as well as in the years following his retirement.
Outside of coaching, Allgood served as the director of intramurals at the university, assistant director of athletics and chairman of the department of physical education. Allgood was also the advisor to M-Club, a service organization for student-athletes, and was the recipient of the M-Club's “Coach of the Year” award in 1990, the year in which he retired from the university.
The institution also honored Allgood with an outstanding teaching award in 1987 and the NCAA Division II Cross Country Association named him the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 1988. He was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Academy of Miner Athletics in its class of 2012.
In 2000, the football and track & field facility on campus, Jackling Field, was renamed Allgood-Bailey Stadium in honor of Allgood, the coach for Keith Bailey who was the lead benefactor in the renovation project for the stadium. The project included the addition of lights and an all-weather track that is the site of the Dewey Allgood Invitational held annually in mid-April.
Along with his work at the university, Allgood was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and was involved in numerous community service activities in the city of Rolla, as well as serving as a radio commentator for local sporting events. He organized the athletic booster club at the university.
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Prior to his arrival in Rolla, Allgood served in World War II as a member of the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Beatty during the conflict. A graduate of North Dakota State University where he was a football, basketball and baseball player, he coached at Northwest Missouri State University before coming to Rolla in 1950.
A memorial service for Allgood will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1000 North Main, in Rolla on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Dewey Allgood Athletic Scholarship at Missouri S&T.