Longtime FSU assistant Jody Allen dies

Jody Allen, an assistant coach at Florida State from 2000-09, died after a battle with leukemia. He was 60.

FSU chaplain Clint Purvis announced Allen’s passing on Facebook on Friday morning, describing a conversation with Allen’s wife, Emilie. “With a heavy heart I need to share with you an update on Jody Allen,” Purvis wrote. “Emilie called me yesterday morning around 5:30 a.m. to share with me that he had passed away in his sleep at home.”

Allen was under hospice care and had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“It (treatment) worked great, but in the middle of it, it came back really aggressively and very nasty,” Allen told the Democrat in May. “I believe God is the ultimate physician. He can still heal me. If he wants to take me home, I am ready.”

Allen was a graduate assistant at FSU in the 2000-01 seasons and was defensive ends coach from 2002-09. Among the players he coached were Kamerion Wimbley (first round, Browns in 2006) and Everette Brown (second round, Panthers in 2009).

Funeral arrangements are pending, Purvis said.