Winning championships is what Tulsa Head Coach Ed Allen's career has been all about. His volleyball teams have won seven conference championships over the last seven seasons. His first squad at Tulsa won the Conference USA regular season title, while his second won the C-USA postseason tournament crown and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the history of the program.
In four seasons as coach of the Golden Hurricane, Allen has registered a 102-34 overall record, and a 45-19 C-USA record. His teams have posted four straight 20-win seasons - the best start to a coaching career in TU history. He is also the fastest Hurricane coach to reach 100 wins since the program began in 1976. A total of 18 Hurricane volleyball players have been all-conference selections during Allen's three seasons, including seven first-team selections.
In 2009, Tulsa finished 26-7 overall and 13-3 in league play. The Golden Hurricane placed second in the C-USA regular season and reached the finals of the C-USA Championship. Five Hurricane players were selected to the all-conference teams, including co-Player of the Year, Jennifer Eichler, and Freshman of the Year, Tyler Henderson. Henderson also became the second TU player - the first was Julia Silva - under Allen to earn AVCA All-America honors.
The 2008 team finished 22-11 overall and 8-8 in C-USA, advancing to the C-USA Championship Quarterfinals. Three Golden Hurricane players were named to the all-conference teams, including Eichler, who was named C-USA Newcomer of the Year.
By defeating regular season champion Marshall and defending tournament champion UAB, Allen led the Golden Hurricane to its first-ever NCAA Regional with Conference USA's automatic bid in 2007. The Hurricane set 13 school records during the 2007 season including team kills, team assists and team digs. With a 3-0 win over Northwestern State, Allen picked up his 400th career victory on Sept. 7, 2007.
In 2006, Allen not only led the Hurricane to its first-ever conference regular season title, but he also led TU to a school record 13 league victories. The 27 wins were the most victories for a TU squad since the NCAA officially recognized the sport with a championship in 1982. The Hurricane also set six school records for a single season, including kills, attacks, hitting percentage, assists, digs and service aces.
In 17 years experience as a collegiate head coach, he has compiled a 441-173 career coaching mark, while coaching 55 all-conference performers and seven Conference Player of the Year selections. Allen has earned conference Coach of the Year honors five times in his career, including the 2006 Conference USA Coach of the Year award.
Ed Allen was appointed head volleyball coach at The University of Tulsa on May 9, 2006, becoming the fifth head coach in school history.
Prior to coming to Tulsa, Allen spent three seasons (2003-05) as the head volleyball coach at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. During his tenure, Allen's teams compiled an overall 98-18 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.
Before that, Allen spent 11 years as head coach of the Anderson University volleyball program in Anderson, Indiana. During his tenure, he built the program into one of the premier NCAA Division III programs in the nation. His teams compiled a program-record 11 straight winning seasons including nine 20-win seasons, won 17 tournament titles, and posted a 267-128 career 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. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and in the past 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.
In five of his final six years at Anderson, Allen's teams earned Academic All-America mention 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-American 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.
Allen, 46, and his wife, Karis, have three sons: Drake, Payton and Nolan.
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