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Allan Houston '19

Allan graduated from Rye Country Day in 2019 and continued his academic and football career at Brown University. Allan is now a graduate transfer at the University of Louisville and a wide receiver on the Cardinals football team.

During his time at RCDS, Allan was a three-sport athlete, as a member of the Football, Basketball, and Track & Field teams. During his junior and senior seasons on the RCDS football team, Allan scored 22 touchdowns and amassed 1,507 all-purpose yards. After graduation, he attended Brown University and played wide receiver on the Bears football team all four years. In May 2023, Allan graduated from Brown University with a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Studies. With an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19, Allan is now a graduate transfer at the University of Louisville and a wide receiver on the Cardinals football team. He is pursuing his Masters Degree in Sports Administration.

What was one of your favorite memories or moments when you were a student-athlete at RCDS?

During my senior year, I was a part of three championship teams, which was very special. We won the league championship in football, basketball and track and field.

Did an RCDS coach inspire you?

During my time at RCDS, I was fortunate to have great coaches in every sport I played, but Coach Calandros was the person who made my dreams of being a collegiate athlete possible. He knew what my goals were and from my sophomore year on, he pushed me and instilled in me a great amount of confidence. Without him, I do not know where I would have ended up going to college. I have the utmost respect for Coach Calandros. I always wanted to play hard for him because of the person and the coach he is.

What is a highlight of your career as a student-athlete in college?

Playing in my first home game at Louisville vs. Murray State, I had three catches. That will be a game I’ll never forget.

What advice would you give to current students at RCDS looking to continue their career as a student-athlete?

If you want to continue your athletic career at the collegiate level, it is very important to work hard in your free time. You have to go above and beyond school practices. Once you get to college, your sport takes up a lot of your time, and it is a big adjustment from high school. Being used to consistently training and always finding time to get better will make the transition to college easier, and you will continue to develop good habits.

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