Tide Names New Football Trainer

Jeff Allen has been named head football athletics trainer at The University of Alabama and Rodney Brown has been named director of rehabilitation services for the athletic program, Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced Monday.

Allen comes to Alabama from the University of Central Florida where he has been the head athletics trainer since 2004. At Alabama, Allen's primary responsibilities will focus on the care and prevention of injuries for the football program.

"I felt like it was a great opportunity for me professionally to have the opportunity to work at The University of Alabama," Allen said. "This is a special opportunity at a special place.

"From a career standpoint this was a tremendous opportunity for me. From a personal standpoint I thought this was a great place to raise my family and a great atmosphere."

At UCF, Allen was the head athletics trainer in charge of all of the sports medicine needs for the entire department. Prior to his post at Central Florida, Allen was head athletics trainer at Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2000-04 where he oversaw the athletic training operations for 16 varsity sports while handling all of the duties associated with the football program.

Allen was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky from 1997-2000, working primarily with the Wildcats' football team, and served as an assistant athletic trainer at Valdosta (Ga.) State from 1995-97 where he was head athletic trainer for the football and baseball teams.

A 1993 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education, Allen and his wife, Mary, have one daughter, Makennah, 7.

Brown assumes the duties of director of rehabilitation services for the athletics program. In that role, Brown will be responsible for oversight of all physical rehabilitation for all Crimson Tide student-athletes.

Brown has been with the Alabama program since 1999 as head athletics trainer. Prior to joining the athletics department, Brown worked for eight years as a part-time instructor in Alabama's athletics training education program while also working as a manager in Druid City Hospital's Sports Medicine department. From 1979 until 1987, he was a teacher, athletics trainer and coach at Tuscaloosa County High School. He was a teacher and coach at Boteler Junior High from 1978-79

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