Menlo Mourns the Loss of Inaugural Women’s Wrestling Coach

Lee Dale Allen

Lee Dale Allen with two of his students: Jacque Davis '11 (left) and Rebecca Medeiros '10 (right)

June 13, 2012

It is with heavy hearts that the Menlo community says goodbye to Lee Dale Allen, pioneer of the women’s wrestling program and head coach for nearly a decade at Menlo College.  Allen lost his battle with congestive heart failure on Monday, June 11, passing away at the age of 77. 

“Menlo lost an incredible coach, but an even better person. Lee was one of the most amazing men I have ever known and I will forever be grateful for the time we had together,” said Keith Spataro, Director of Athletics and former Men’s Wrestling Head Coach at Menlo College. “His impact on the sport of wrestling and the lives of every athlete he has exposed to the sport will forever be remembered.  The entire Menlo community will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Allen was not only the inaugural head coach of the Menlo women’s wrestling team, but in 2001 they were the only such program in any four-year college in the Western United States.  The native of St. Francis, Kansas, brought over 50 years of knowledge and experience into his Menlo tenure, one that began in 2001 and culminated during the 2009-10 season. 

Services for Coach Lee Allen will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. in Community Methodist Church, Half Moon Bay, CA. 

In Lieu of Flowers, the family of Lee Allen would like any donations made to the Olympians For Olympians Relief Fund in his honor.

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Menlo Community Mourns the Loss of Inaugural Women's Wrestling Coach Lee Allen