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Coach Allison praises players for 300th win

By ALLAN MANDELL, Ledger sports editor | Jun 23, 2017
Photo by: ALLAN MANDELL Josh Allison works at third base on Wednesday night. On Monday, he earned Career Win No. 300.

Josh Allison became the Fairfield baseball head coach in 2003.

He was well prepared for the job.

A standout pitcher for the Trojans in his own high school days, Allison graduated from FHS in 1994.

He then hurled at Central College for two years before Northern Iowa asked him to join their pitching staff. He graduated a Panther in 1999.

On Monday, he reached a milestone most coaches never come close to.

After his Trojans whipped Washington 10-4 in Game 2 of a doubleheader, Allison had earned Career Win No. 300.

Allison deflected personal praise.

“I couldn’t have done it without the boys,” he said. “They’ve all worked hard for me.”

Fairfield has won the last four Southeast Conference championships and is well positioned to make it five in a row within the next week or two.

Allison would never say it but sports fans know this: No high school program can win titles four or five years in a row without the head coach knowing his craft and, more often than not, making the right moves.

“Josh is so organized and that’s one of the things that makes him such a great coach,” said Trojan five-year assistant coach Jeff Eeling. “The practices are so detailed. He is way more organized than I ever was.”

Eeling was Pekin’s longtime head coach, amassing 422 career wins.

“Baseball needs to be fun to the kids,” Eeling said. “And Josh makes sure it’s fun for the kids. He’s a great guy to work with. I’m lucky enough to work with him.”

The feeling is mutual.

“Coach Eeling is a huge help to me,” Allison said. “We’re both thinking along the same lines because we’re both thinking like head coaches. About 99 percent of the time, we’re thinking the exact same thing.”

“Yes,” said Eeling, “it is very interesting that I’ll say something to Josh and then he’ll say, ‘Yeah … I was just thinking that, too.’ ”



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