Allen is in her second season an assistant for the North Carolina A&T track
and field programs. Allen, a certified Level I coach in track and field, is responsible
for coaching the female jumpers and sprinters.
comes to North Carolina A&T after spending three seasons as an assistant
coach at George Mason. Allen had an array of successes while with the Patriots
program. She coached two-time CAA long jump and triple jump champion Ryann
jumped a personal-best 42-feet, 10-inches during her career. She also won CAA
Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009, while participating in the 2009 NCAA
Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
her stint at George Mason, Allen spent four years at the University of Maryland
as an assistant with the men's and women's track and field teams. During her
time at in College Park, Md., Allen coached three NCAA qualifiers and ACC
Championship scorers such as Heather Houston, Toni Aluko, Kierra Foster and
work with Foster and Hernandez aided their progress toward All-American status
in 2006, which both earned during the indoor and outdoor NCAA nationals.
who won a silver medal competing for Team USA at the 2006 NACAC Championships,
won the 2006 NCAA East Regional Championship in the long jump, setting a new
meet record of 6.61 meters (21 ft. 8.25 in.) in the process. Aluko experienced
similar success, becoming the first female at Maryland to win an ACC title in
the high jump when she placed first in the event at the 2007 ACC Championships
with a mark of 1.78 meters (5 ft. 10 in.). She also coached Dominic Berger, a
three-time NCAA All-American, a four-time ACC Champion and the 2004 USATF
Junior National Champion, in the 110-meter hurdles.
came to Maryland from Suitland High School in Suitland, Md., where she was an
assistant coach for both the men's and women's track and field teams from 2001
to 2003. She helped lead the men's team to two state championships.
to her duties at Suitland, Allen was highly successful as the head coach of the
women's track and field team at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Md.
from 1999-2001, earning four state championships at the school. For her
accomplishments, Allen was named the Washington Post All-Met High School Coach
of the Year two consecutive years (1999 and 2000). Allen also spent time
coaching at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Md. and Georgetown Visitation
Preparatory School in Washington, D.C.
a student-athlete at James Madison, where she graduated in December 1994 with a
bachelor's degree in exercise science/sports medicine, Allen competed in the
triple jump, long jump, hurdles and relay events. She was a finalist at the
Junior Nationals her freshman season in the triple jump, making the Junior
National team. She was an All-East finalist in the hurdles and triple jump, and
ran on the relay teams at the ECAC Championships during her four years at JMU.