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Beginning his second season at Alabama, Ed Allen was named the head women's volleyball coach at the Capstone on January 10, 2011. Allen came to Tuscaloosa in 2011 after being named the 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year and the 2010 AVCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year at the University of Tulsa.
Allen, the fourth head coach in the history of the Alabama volleyball program, led the Crimson Tide to an 11-20 overall record in his first season at the Capstone in 2011.
A winner at every level of coaching, Allen enters his second season at Alabama, his 21st overall as a head coach, with a career record of 505-203 (.713). Entering the 2012 season, Allen ranks 28th among active coaches with 505 wins, while his .713 winning percentage ranks 18th among active Division I coaches.
Allen is a six-time conference coach of the year award winner, has guided his teams to five regular season titles, four conference tournament titles, and the NCAA postseason four times. Additionally, he has coached 61 all-conference performers and eight conference player of the year selections.
In his last season at Tulsa (2010), he guided the Golden Hurricane to a school-record 31 wins, including a perfect 20-0 record in Conference USA action. The 20 conference wins also set a new school mark. He also guided Tulsa to the program's first NCAA Tournament victory, a 3-0 upset win over 13th-seeded LSU.
In 2010, Tulsa captured the C-USA regular season title for the second time in school history, the first coming in 2006 (Allen's first year with the program). He led Tulsa to a 31-3 campaign and a second round finish in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.
In five seasons at Tulsa, Allen led his team to at least 20 wins each year, and compiled an overall record of 133-37 (.782), with a 65-19 (.774) conference mark. He was the fastest Golden Hurricane coach to reach 100 wins since the program began in 1976, accumulating more wins in the first five seasons than any other coach in the history of the program.
A total of 24 Tulsa volleyball players were all-conference selections during Allen's tenure, including nine first-team selections, two player of the year honorees, three setter of the year honorees, and one freshman of the year awardee. In 2010, Tyler Henderson was named the C-USA Player of the Year, and garnered her second straight AVCA All-America selection. Henderson was the second All-American for Tulsa to be coached by Allen. The other was setter Julia Silva, now an assistant coach at Alabama, who was a three-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and a two-time C-USA Setter of the Year award winner.
In his last nine seasons as a head coach, Allen has guided his teams to eight regular season or tournament championships. His first squad (2006) at Tulsa won the C-USA regular season title, while his second (2007) won the C-USA postseason tournament crown, earning the school's first NCAA Tournament berth. He was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year twice, first in 2006 and again in 2010.
Prior to Tulsa, Allen spent three seasons (2003-05) as the head volleyball coach at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. During his tenure, Allen's teams compiled an overall 94-18 record, a 39-3 conference mark, won three straight South Atlantic Conference Championships, two conference tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament twice. At Presbyterian, Allen coached three conference players of the year, two conference tournament MVPs, one freshman of the year, 12 all-conference players, five all-region selections and two All-Americans.
Additionally, he served on the NCAA Division II Head Coaches Committee, NCAA Division II South Region Poll Committee and NCAA Division II South Region Player Committee while at Presbyterian.
Before that, Allen spent 11 years as head coach of the Anderson University volleyball program in Anderson, Ind. During his tenure, he built the program into one of the nation's premier NCAA Division III squads. His teams compiled a program-record 11 straight winning seasons, including nine 20-win seasons, won 17 tournament titles, and posted a 267-128 (.676) record. He coached 34 all-conference, 23 all-tournament, and two conference player of the year selections during his tenure with the Ravens.
Allen also served as assistant director of athletics at Anderson University for seven years where he was responsible for facility management. In five of his final six years at Anderson, Allen's teams earned Academic All-America mentions and in each of his 11 years as head coach at Anderson the team compiled at least a 3.0 GPA. He also coached four academic all-region and two academic All-America selections at Anderson.
Prior to moving to the collegiate level, Allen was an assistant volleyball coach at Pendleton Heights (Ind.) High School for three years (1989-91) and also had a two-year mark of 33-6 as the junior varsity coach.
Allen earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1988 and his master's degree in athletic administration in 1996, both from Ball State (Ind.) University. He is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Allen, 47, and his wife, Karis, have three sons: Drake, Payton and Nolan.
COACHING CAREER University of Alabama; Head Coach, 2011-present (Hired on Jan. 10, 2011) University of Tulsa: Head Coach, 2006-10 Presbyterian College: Head Coach, 2003-05 Anderson University: Head Coach, 1992-2003 Pendleton Heights High School: Assistant Coach, 1989-91
Division I Year-by-year Records Alabama Head Coach (2011-present) Year Overall Rec. SEC Rec. (Place) Post Season 2011 11-20 4-16 (6th/W) N/A
Tulsa Head Coach (2006-10) Year Overall Rec. CUSA Rec. (Place) Post Season 2010 31-3 20-0 (1st) CUSA Champions, 2nd Round NCAA Tournament, defeated LSU (3-0) in the
1st round of the NCAA Tournament, broke school record for wins (31) 2009 26-7 13-3 (2nd) CUSA Tournament Finalist 2008 21-11 8-8 (5th) CUSA Tournament Quarterfinals 2007 27-9 11-5 (4th) CSUA Tournament Title, school's first ever NCAA Tournament Appearance
(1st Round) tied school record for wins (27) 2006 27-6 13-3 (1st) Tulsa's first ever conference title; Set school record for wins (27) Total 144-57 76-35
Career Highlights University of Tulsa (133-37) 2010 AVCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year 24 All-CUSA honorees; included nine first team selections, two CUSA Player of the Year selections, and three CUSA Setter of the Year selections. Had two AVCA All-Americans in Tyler Henderson (2009 and 2010) and Julia Silva (2006 and 2007) 2007 Conference USA Tournament Champion Qualified for TU's first-ever NCAA Regional in 2007 2006 Conference USA Coach of the Year Won TU's first volleyball regular season conference title in 2006 Established a school record with 13 conference victories in 2006 and 2009, then broke the record with 20 CUSA wins in 2010.
Presbyterian College (94-18) Coached Three Conference Players of the Year NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2004 and 2005 Coached Two AVCA All-Americans Won over 30 matches twice in three years Two-time South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year
Anderson University (267-128) Recorded 11 straight winning seasons Won 17 tournament titles Posted nine 20-win seasons Coached 34 all-conference, 23 all-tournament and two conference player of the year selections Was named Coach of the Year twice in the Heartland Collegiate Conference