Marquette Volleyball Hires Jason Allen as Assistant Coach
Feb. 1, 2013
"Jason brings a great depth of collegiate experience to our program, and a yearning to win," Shymansky said. "His work ethic and recruiting abilities will make him a valuable asset to our staff. But Jason has more to offer in the gym as a trainer, and as a tactician for match preparation. I am excited about the new energy and different view point that he will contribute to our success. I expect Jason to be a great combination and counterpart to our other new assistant coach, Jackie Simpson. Our team will be smarter, tougher, stronger, and better at the game of volleyball."
Allen has spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa under head coach Sharon Dingman where he served as recruiting coordinator and coached the Hawkeyes against some of the top teams in the country - Iowa faced NCAA tournament teams on a total of 16 occasions in 2012 after taking on 18 in 2011.
Iowa's recruiting classes earned national recognition every year during his tenure in Iowa City, while Alex Lovell became the first Hawkeye in six years to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2012.
Iowa also recorded a victory over at No. 12 Purdue in 2012, the Hawkeyes' fourth win over a ranked opponent during his time at U of I.
Allen's efforts in his first two seasons at Iowa paid immediate dividends as the Hawkeyes posted the most overall and conference victories in nearly a decade and got off to a program-best start to the season in his second campaign, 2009.
In 2010, Allen served as the head coach of the Iowa High Performance Junior National team that advanced to compete in the USAV High Performance National Championships in the Wisconsin Dells.
Allen spent the 2007 season as the 16U head coach for the Texas Tornados club program, which is considered one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. He led the team to a No. 17 national ranking and coached 10 players who received Division I scholarships. Allen led his team to a first-place finish at the 16 Open Northeast Qualifier and also served as the recruiting director and webmaster.
Prior to his time with the Texas Tornadoes, Allen served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State University (2004-07). He helped lead Sam Houston State to a second-place finish in the Southland Conference (2005) and coached a total of eight student-athletes to all-conference honors. Allen was also responsible for video scouting, recruit evaluating and summer camps.
Allen was an assistant coach for the Lone Star Youth High Performance Teams in both Austin and Houston, Texas from 2005-06. In 2005, his team finished fifth at the USA High Performance Championships and in 2006, the team finished 10th.
He began his collegiate coaching career at the Division II level, where he was a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State. In his one season, Southwest Minnesota State was crowned co-champions of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He also helped coach five all-conference and two all-region student-athletes.
Allen played one season at Tomball College in Tomball, Texas, before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University. He helped Tomball to a ninth-place finish at the NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball Championships and served as a player/coach for the Oklahoma Baptist club team.
He was also a member of the International Sports Federation volleyball team for two summers traveling throughout North Africa, playing various national teams and hosting clinics for junior national teams.
Allen graduated from Oklahoma Baptist with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications, business administration and psychology. He worked towards his master's of education in wellness and human performance at Southwest Minnesota State University. Allen also completed hours towards his master's of exercise science in sport pedagogy at North Dakota State University.