UT Dallas Magazine: Alumna Tackles Sports Stereotypes

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June 28, 2018
Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from “X’s and O’s” in the latest edition of UT Dallas Magazine.If horse racing is the sport of kings, then football is the sport of Texans. While the state’s love for the game can be endearing, the Texas football scene has been a “guy thing.” There is no shortage of women working to support teams. But on the field dealing with the X’s and O’s? That’s typically been left to the men.Desireé Allen BS’99Until now. Desireé Allen BS’99 is crashing one of the most exclusive clubs in the state.Name a mainstream sport and odds are that Allen (formerly Desireé Squire) has played it, coached it or would be game for trying it. Before starring on the UTD soccer field, she excelled at basketball and track and field in high school. She’s also coached those sports, along with volleyball, at various times.Allen is a high school football coach, now in her third season with North Dallas High School. While she loved sports, football never appealed to her.“I’m not going to lie — it was boring to me,” she said. “I just couldn’t get into it because I didn’t know or understand the rules.”Her interest began when a friend suggested she try football. Not long afterward, during a training session for video coordinators, Allen met Tonnell Wilson, who was then the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Diamonds women’s pro team. He invited her to try out. Allen thought, “Why not?” That was all it took; she loved it.Allen is now in her sixth season as a player, the past three of which she has spent with the Dallas Elite as a wide receiver, defensive back and kicker.After making it to the …

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