City officials rename North Philly street in honor of youth football coach

The name Wayne "Coach Wiz" Allen Way was unveiled Saturday on the corner of 9th and Cayuga Streets.

Kimberly Adams
September 29, 2018 - 3:32 pm
Wayne "Coach Wiz" Allen Way

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- An award-winning North Philadelphia junior varsity football coach, who died in February 2017 of a heart attack, has been honored in an everlasting way. People driving through his Hunting Park neighborhood will no doubt feel his presence.      

The name Wayne "Coach Wiz" Allen Way was unveiled Saturday on the corner of 9th and Cayuga Streets. The new street sign glistening in the sunlight for a man who shined a light of inspiration, co-founding the North Philly Aztecs football and cheerleading program that served thousands of children.

"He did not just put together a league, he put together a family, an extended family," said Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez. "I can't stress to you the value of those community heroes."

His nephew, Tyree Allen, says he'll always remember the coach's generosity.

"If you aint have no money, he'd buy you shoulder pads, everything, a helmet," he said.

Aztec board member Leroy Fisher agreed.

"Thousands of kids benefited from his dedication and him being a mentor to them," Fisher said.

But perhaps the proudest person was Allen's elderly mother, Shirley.

"I'm so glad that I can be here," she said.

Coach Allen was just 44 years old when he passed away.