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20070703 Greg Allen Leaves UA Women¡¯s Golf Post
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 07/03/2007
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Guided Wildcats to a pair of Pac-10 titles; 2002 NCAA runner-up finish

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TUCSON , Ariz. ˇ? University of Arizona womenˇ?s golf coach Greg Allen has left his position to assume the head coaching role at Vanderbilt University, athletics director Jim Livengood announced today.

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Allen has been UAˇ?s coach since the 2000-01 season and helped lead the team to Pac-10 titles his first and second years and an NCAA runner-up finish in 2002. He coached Lorena Ochoa, the current No. 1 ranked player on the LPGA tour, plus nine other All-Americans.

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?ˇ?It was an extremely hard decision to leave Arizona, the hardest decision Iˇ?ve ever had to make,ˇ± Allen said. ˇ?But Nashville is close to home and the opportunity to bring my family closer together was too good of an opportunity to pass up.ˇ±

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"Greg has been a superb steward of our golf program and kept it highly competitive on the national scene. He's mentored many successful student-athletes on all levels. We're happy for him because the opportunity at Vanderbilt comes with a bonus for his family, being closer to their home state," Livengood said.

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Livengood said a search for Allen's successor is under way.? ˇ?I have some ideas about what direction we want to go, and we will move forward after the holiday,ˇ± he said.

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A native of Greenville, Ky., Allen graduated from Murray State University with a journalism degree in 1993. He started his professional career as director of tournament operations for the American Junior Golf Association in Roswell, Ga., for five years. He then was an assistant menˇ?s golf coach at Texas from 1998 to 2000.

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In addition to the Pac-10 titles, Allen coached eight NCAA All-Scholars and 13 Academic All-Pac-10 student-athletes. He tutored three NCAA players of the year ?C Ochoa in 2001 and 2002 and Erica Blasberg in 2003 -- two national freshmen of the year, three Pac-10 Players of the Year, two Curtis Cup selections and 21 All-Pac-10 performers.

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Along with Ochoa and Blasberg, Allen also coached Wildcat stars who went on to LPGA fame in Natalie Gulbis and Laura Myerscough.

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Arizonaˇ?s 2006-07 team had second-team All-American Alison Walshe and honorable mention pick Mary Jacobs, both junior transfers from Tulane. The Cats were fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 14th place at the NCAA Championships.

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Four of his UA teams were ranked in the top 10 with this yearˇ?s and last yearˇ?s making the top 25 at some point during the season. His first team finished eighth in the NCAAs, with the second place mark in 2002 and a seventh in 2003 making the best runs at the end of the year.

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Allen replaces Martha Richards, who resigned in June to take the head coaching position at Texas.

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