Guerin Catholic has a new leader for its boys basketball coach team. 

The school's athletic department announced Wednesday the hiring of Bobby Allen as varsity boys basketball head coach. Allen also joins the staff at Guerin as an english teacher.

“I am truly blessed and excited for the opportunity to be the head boys basketball coach at Guerin Catholic High School,” said Allen. “Coaching and teaching have been my true passions for fifteen years. Becoming a head basketball coach at a school where I can create lifelong relationships and develop student athletes based on Catholic values is my professional goal, and I look forward to having a positive impact on the players, school, and entire community.”

Allen most recently served as an assistant coach at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, and was head coach at Knightstown for six seasons. During his tenure at Knightstown, Allen was twice recognized as Henry County Coach of the Year, Mid-Hoosier Conference Coach of the Year and also served as head coach of the Hoosier Reunion All-Star Classic. Allen has also coached at Lawrence Central and Chatard High School.

“We are very blessed to have an educator and coach who comes to us with a wealth of basketball knowledge and experience," said Matt Lane, Guerin's director of athletics. "But more importantly (Allen) understands the purpose of education based athletics deeply rooted in the Catholic Faith."

Allen, and his wife, Mollie, along with their sons, Benson, 7, and Everett, 4, reside in Fishers. In his spare time, Allen enjoys coaching both of his boys in basketball, baseball and golf, as well as taking his family to sporting events at Indiana University to cheer on the Hoosiers.

Allen replaces former Guerin varsity boys basketball head coach Pete Smith who announced June 5, he was retiring. Smith started the boys’ basketball team at Guerin in 2004.