Ed Allen
Ed  Allen

Head Coach

Alam Mater:
Ball State, 1988




Alabama Athletics Begins 2014-15 Power of Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Schedule on October 17

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The Battle Plan

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Volleyball Has Four Named AVCA All-South Region

Ed Allen Named South Region Coach of the Year


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This year's Power of Pink slate gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. with cross country's Crimson Classic at the Harry Pritchett Running Course. It will be followed that night by the volleyball team's 7 p.m. match against Texas A&M in Foster Auditorium. The soccer team will hold its 2013-14 Power of Pink game Sunday at 1 p.m. against Kentucky at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.


NCAA Tournament: FSU Post-Game Press Conference

NCAA Tournament: FSU Post-Game Press Conference


LSU Post-Game: Coach Allen

LSU Post-Game: Coach Allen


Clemson Post-Game: Coach Allen

Clemson Post-Game: Coach Allen


Recap: Crimson-White Tournament Day 1

Recap: Crimson-White Tournament Day 1


UAB Post-Game: Coach Allen

UAB Post-Game: Coach Allen

Ed Allen enters his fifth season as the head women's volleyball coach at the University of Alabama in 2015. Allen was named the head women's volleyball coach at the Capstone on Jan. 10, 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, has led the Crimson Tide to a 79-52 overall record in his time at the Capstone. He has quickly built Alabama into a contender, earning the program's first winning season in four years in 2012 with 18 wins, the most since 2005. He improved even further on that mark in his third season, guiding Alabama to a 24-10 record in 2013 and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. The 24 wins were the most for the Tide since 1995 and the NCAA Tournament berth was the fourth in school history, the first under Allen. His stellar 2013 campaign helped earn him AVCA South Region Coach of the Year honors. In 2014, he improved even further with a 26-8 record, setting a new school record for wins in a single season. The stellar year was capped by a return trip to the NCAA Tournament, marking the first back-to-back postseason appearances for Alabama since 2006-07. There, Alabama opened play against Samford with a five-set win, marking the Tide's first ever NCAA Tournament victory.

A winner at every level of coaching, Allen owns a career record of 573-235 (.709) in his 24th season as a head coach in 2015. The 2014 season was the 22nd winning season for Allen in his 23 years as a head coach.

In 2014, Krystal Rivers became the first Tide player to earn AVCA Third Team All-American honors, as she ws joined by honorable mention honorees Sierra Wilsona and Kat Hutson for a program-best three All-American nods. Additionally, Rivers and Wilson garnered CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American accolades, becoming the first teammates in Alabama history to win the award in the same season. No other school in the SEC had any Academic All-Americans in 2014.

In the 2013 season, Krystal Rivers, Sierra Wilson and Brittany Thomas were all named to the AVCA All-South Region team, while Rivers was also named to the All-SEC team and Freshman All-SEC team. Additionally, Rivers and Thomas combined for five SEC Freshman of the Week honors.

Allen is a six-time conference coach of the year award winner, while guiding his teams to five regular-season titles, four conference tournament titles, and the NCAA postseason four times. He has coached 61 all-conference performers and eight conference player of the year selections.

In his final season at Tulsa (2010), Allen guided the Golden Hurricane to a school-record 31 wins, including a 20-0 record in Conference USA action. The 20 conference wins also set a school mark, and he 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 2010 NCAA Tournament.

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 became 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.

Tulsa volleyball players combined for 24 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. Tyler Henderson was named the 2010 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, a former assistant coach at Alabama, who was a three-time AVCA honorable mention All-American and a two-time C-USA Setter of the Year.

In his last 12 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 program'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 South Atlantic Conference Championships, two conference tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament twice. At Presbyterian, Allen coached two All-Americans, three conference players of the year, two conference tournament MVPs, one freshman of the year, 12 all-conference players and five all-region selections.

Allen 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.

Allen spent 11 years as head coach of the Anderson University volleyball program in Anderson, Ind. During that 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 players of the year during his tenure with the Ravens.

Allen also served as assistant director of athletics at Anderson University for seven years and was responsible for facility management. In five of his final six years at Anderson, Allen's teams earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees and in each of his 11 years as head coach at Anderson the team compiled at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA. He also coached two academic All-Americans and four academic all-region 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 University. He is also a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).

Allen, 49, and his wife Karis have three sons: Drake, Payton and Nolan.

Division I Head Coach Year-by-year Records

Alabama (2011-pres.)

Year Overall Rec. SEC Record (Place) Post Season

2012 18-14 7-13 (10th) N/A

2011 11-20 4-16 (11th) N/A

Tulsa (2006-10)

Year Overall Rec. CUSA Record (Place) Post Season

2010 31-3 20-0 (1st) CUSA Tournament Title, 2nd Round NCAA Tournament

Defeated LSU (3-0) 1st round of the NCAA Tournament

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)

2006 27-6 13-3 (1st) Tulsa's first ever conference title; Set school record for wins


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

Career Highlights

University of Alabama

• Earned his 500th career victory with a 3-2 win over Penn on Sept. 10, 2011

• With an 18-14 record in 2012, he recorded his 20th winning record in 21 seasons as a head coach

University of Tulsa

• 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

• 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

• 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