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Kyle Allen

Boys Basketball Coach | Pine City (Minn.) High School

Program Purposefulness: Using Analytics in High School Basketball


Kyle Allen has been head boys basketball coach at Pine City (Minn.) for seven years, during which time the Dragons have received statewide and national attention from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Basketball Pro Talk, KFAN Radio and Fox 9, among others. The reason: the program's philosophy and use of data disaggregation.

According to an article in MSHSL's John's Journal, "Mathematics is a big part of (Allen's) job as head coach of the Dragons boys basketball team. That's because everything is measured and charted: not only the typical things like shooting percentages and rebounds, but also talking. Yes, the Dragons keep track of talking. And that's just the start of what makes this basketball team unlike any other. The most visible example: They rarely shoot two-point shots other than layups, and focus on firing from outside the three-point line. It's all based on math."

After posting a 24-56 record in Allen's first three seasons, Pine City has earned an 81-32 record over the last four, capturing its first conference title in a decade. This presentation will explore how one program became more purposeful by using statistics and making everything they did transparent.

Listen to a podcast interview with Kyle and GLASC director Scott Tappa

Watch a video of Kyle's 2018 GLASC presentation

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