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October 15, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Garfield coach Anthony Allen resigns from alma mater

Garfield football coach Anthony Allen confirmed Friday that he has resigned.

Allen, in his sixth season at his alma mater, said the reason stemmed from ineligible players participating in the Bulldogs’ Week 2 win over Sammamish.

“Basically, I had ineligible players that played in Week 2 and there was an investigation behind that,” Allen said. “As far as I know, we were going to be released, coach (Anthony) Kelley and myself. We both decided to resign.

“We had a problem. We rectified it. We called the appropriate people when it happened, letting them know the mistake was made.”

Former Washington standout Anthony Kelley, who was in his first year as Garfield’s defensive coordinator, also confirmed that he resigned. Allen and Kelley’s last game with the Bulldogs (3-4) was Thursday’s loss to Bothell.

“It’s frustrating,” Allen said. “It hurts the kids more than anything and I accept my role in some of that. It was definitely one of the hardest days I’ve had to deal with and the kids were crushed by it. They said they were making a lot of progress.”

Kelley, who works with students in the city as assistant director of diversity outreach and recruitment at UW-Bothell, said he was working on programs to help the school’s football players succeed academically.

“We had a system in place this year where the parents have said and the coaches have said there’s been a completely different attitude that’s been adopted and embraced and now all that is shattered and that’s unfortunate,” Kelley said. “I’ve got players now, who in just the five-month period that I’ve been with them, were starting to believe in something and now they don’t feel like they have that.”

Garfield athletic director Jim Valiere said he couldn’t comment.

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