Allen Coage

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAllen James•Coage
Used nameAllen•Coage
Nick/petnamesBad News Brown
Born22 October 1943 in New York, New York (USA)
Died6 March 2007 in Calgary, Alberta (CAN)
Measurements188 cm / 114 kg
AffiliationsCranford Judo & Karate Center, Cranford (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Allen Coage started his judo career very late – when he was 22. But only two years later he won the AAU heavyweight championship. He repeated as AAU heavyweight champion in 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1975; and in 1970 he won the open division at that tournament. In addition to national titles, Coage won gold medals at both the 1967 and 1975 Pan American Games. With his bronze medal at Montreal, Coage, a fifth dan black belt, became the first American black to win an individual medal in a sport other than track & field, boxing, or weightlifting. Coage spent some time as a professional bodyguard for singer Aretha Franklin, and later wrestled professionally as “Bad News Brown”.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Judo USA Allen Coage
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze

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