March 23, 2018 Hope Scibal

In Honor of an Educator

Allan McLearen to Receive Special Recognition for Career Achievements in Madison County with the Dedication of The Allan McLearen Field Today

“I am very humbled and honored,” says Allan McLearen when asked how he feels about the dedication of an athletic field at Madison High School in his name this afternoon. The special dedication ceremony, which will begin with a reception at 4:00 pm at Carpenter Pavilion Hoover Ridge, followed by a ceremonial unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:30pm this afternoon, honors McLearen’s impressive 40-year career as an educator and coach in the Madison County school system. “I was blessed to work with some outstanding educators and was thrilled to coach and teach so many super young people over the years.”

“I would say the possibility to make a positive difference for young people was my reason to work in education.”

McLearen’s use of the word “humble” is apropos; one could easily use the same word to describe his quiet, unassuming nature. Having spent four decades in a wide range of roles from teacher, coach, building administrator, central office administrator and Assistant Superintendent in the Madison County school system, Mr. McLearen has touched thousands of lives and made a lasting mark not only on the school system but on the athletics program in Madison County. “All of the roles I have played in education from teacher to Assistant Superintendent to coach have included many enjoyable times, but I especially loved the moments when I have worked directly with young people as a coach and teacher,” says McLearen. “I was pleased to hear a Madison administrator say recently that all of my decisions as an administrator were based on what was best for the students. I would say the possibility to make a positive difference for young people was my reason to work in education, and my proudest career moments are when I was able to help students who needed extra assistance to graduate from high school.”

With forty years as an educator under his belt, McLearen has many proud moments to look back on. As a career coach, Allan’s extensive accolades include coaching the State Championship-winning soccer team at Madison High School, the state runner-up teams in both boys and girls cross-country, and District and Regional Championship-winning teams in soccer and cross-country. “I was the first-ever coach of Boys and Girls Cross Country in Madison, and the first Girls’ Soccer coach, and I had been told by other coaches that we would be lucky to get a single win in our first years building the program,” recalls McLearen. “But in our first year of competition, Boys Cross Country finished #6 in the state and several years later were Virginia state runner-ups. Our Girls’ Cross Country team went several seasons without a regular season loss, though we seldom had a top runner, and eventually finished #2 in the state. The Girls’ Soccer team won the District Championship in our second season of competition.”  With this impressive track record, it comes as no surprise that Mr. McLearen was named District and Regional Coach of Year in soccer and cross country, and Charlottesville Track Club Coach of the Year.

Coach McLearen hard at work with the Grymes Boys’ Soccer Team
(pictured above with the 2016 boys’ team, which went 10 – 1 for the season)

“Grymes is blessed with a talented and child-oriented staff and really incredible young people.”

After retiring from the Madison school system four years ago, McLearen joined the Grymes Memorial School family part-time and quickly made a lasting mark on the Grymes athletics program. Having worked as Athletics Coordinator and Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Coach for Grymes for nearly three years now, he has enjoyed applying his experience to help grow the Grymes soccer program. In fact, in just two years as coach of Grymes’ Boys’ Soccer, McLearen led the team to a winning 10-1 season the first year, and to an unprecedented undefeated season this Fall. “I have really enjoyed my time at Grymes. Grymes is blessed with a talented and child-oriented staff and really incredible young people,” says McLearen. Even though he’s only coached here two years, McLearen holds his Grymes teams close to his heart. “The only two team photos on my desk at home are photos of Grymes girls and boys soccer!”

Humble as ever, McLearen never focuses on wins and losses as a coach. “Playing with enthusiasm, playing smart, and playing as a team are the elements for success. As a coach, I always emphasize playing well as a team, not on wins and losses.”

With a forty-year career of incredible achievements under his belt, Allan McLearen has much to be proud of. This afternoon, he can add one more career highlight to his long list of accomplishments: a field at Madison High School dedicated in his honor. In any coach’s record book, that counts as a Win!

 

Allan McLearen is husband to Mary-Linda McLearen, who has taught at Grymes for 13 years. Together, they have raised three sons; Sam, is Director of Planning of Culpeper County, Matt is CPA partner with Robinson, Farmer & Cox, and Luke, is a Major, U.S. Marine Corp. Allan enjoys spending time with his nine grandchildren, attending activities that range from soccer to basketball to piano. Allan is an avid cyclist and long-distance runner who still actively competes in Master’s Division races.