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NMU SID to be men’s hoops coach at Finlandia University

Alan Dehority

By Journal Sports Staff

HANCOCK — In a somewhat unusual shift of responsibilities, the sports information director at Northern Michigan University has been named head men’s basketball coach at Finlandia University.

Allen Dehority had been with NMU for several years, but also has a wealth of coaching experience.

He already has been an assistant coach with the Finlandia women’s basketball team for two years and had served as head coach of the LevelUP Express AAU basketball program.

“I’m pleased that we were able to get Allen as our men’s basketball coach,” Finlandia athletic director Curtis Wittenberg said. “I’ve seen the energy, passion and knowledge that he has over the past two years with our women’s program. Allen fits in with the mission and values of Finlandia University.”

Dehority hold a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Blackburn College of Carlinville, Illinois, located about 50 miles north of St. Louis.

He earned four letters while helping the Beavers win two conference basketball titles and qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament in 2004-05.

He later was an assistant men’s basketball coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology from 2009-12, setting some national marks and qualifying multiple times for its conference tournament.

Dehority then went on to be head women’s coach at Notre Dame of Maryland from 2012-16.

Before Dehority arrived, that school had several winless campaigns and a canceled season. He coached them to their best record in seven years in his final season.

He is currently working on his master’s degree in sports management/sports leadership from Lasell University in Newton, Massachusetts.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net

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