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Greg Allen Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 31, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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As the 2006-07 women’s golf season approaches, Head Coach Greg Allen enters
his seventh year at the University of Arizona.  Since becoming the head coach in
July of 2000, Allen has done a tremendous job of assembling a highly talented
team each season.  Despite losing some key players early to the LPGA, Allen has
not let that deter him nor his team from achieving some outstanding

Allen first experienced the anguish of losing a player early to the LPGA after
just one season under his belt.  Following only one year of collegiate golf,
which included winning three tournaments and earning All-American honors,
Natalie Gulbis turned professional in the summer of 2001 and has since enjoyed
success on the LPGA Tour.  In September 2005, Gulbis earned a spot on the
victorious United States Solheim Cup team.

The next year, Lorena Ochoa followed in Gulbis' footsteps, becoming the second
Arizona women's golfer to leave in as many years.  In just two seasons at
Arizona, Ochoa posted one of the most impressive collegiate careers the sport
has ever seen, winning 12 of her 20 collegiate events.  Her sophomore season
saw her win seven tournaments in a row and eight out of ten, which set an NCAA
record for most wins in a season.  Ochoa was also named National Golf Coaches
Association player of the year in each of her two years as a Wildcat.

The most recent LPGA exit was Erica Blasberg.  After two seasons as a Wildcat,
Blasberg turned professional the summer of 2004.  As a freshman, Blasberg was
Pac-10 Freshman and Player of the Year and earned the Player of the Year honor
from Golfweek magazine.  Blasberg also earned First-Team All-American honors
both seasons.

Prior to the 2006-07 season the Wildcats have won nine tournament titles, an

astonishing 26 individual titles and claimed 78 additional individual Top 10 finishes

under Allen. Arizona has claimed the Pac-10 conference championship in two of

Allen’s years as head coach and also cruised to a 20-stroke victory at the 2001

NCAA West Regional.  The 2002 NCAA Championships saw Arizona finish in a tie

for second place, just six strokes away from the school’s third national championship.

In 2004, the Wildcats landed nine strokes behind Central Regional champion
Vanderbilt.  As the 2006-07 season approaches, things are looking bright, Allen and the

Wildcats are hoping to land Arizona its third National Championship.

With the multi-talented coach Allen running the show, the Wildcats have enjoyed
numerous individual championships in addition to the teams’ success.  Through
the fall season, Wildcat women have won medalist honors in 65 percent of the
tournaments the team has entered.  Four different Arizona golfers have won
individual championships in the Allen era.  

Not only has Allen enjoyed success developing his players, he has done the same
with his assistant coaches.  Former assistants of Allen, Holly Carriker-Tothe
(UT-San Antonio) and Jody Niemann-Dansie (University of Nevada) are now
enjoying head coaching careers.

In April of 2001, Allen was selected to coach the United States women’s team
in annual U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches.  The Golf Coaches Association of
America sponsored event featured the top collegiate golfers from the United
competing against the top collegians from Japan in a Walker Cup format.
Allen teamed with Arizona men’s coach Rick LaRose to lead the U.S. to victory.

Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Allen served as the assistant coach for the
University of Texas men’s golf team from 1998-2000.  He helped lead the
199-2000 Longhorns to a banner year that included the NCAA Central Region
championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championship, its highest
finish in five years.  The squad ended the season ranked No. 8 in the final
MasterCard Collegiate Rankings.  The 1998-99 team had its best showing in six
years, as it earned three tournament victories and finished in the top three in
seven of its 13 competitions.  Well known for his rapport with collegiate
players, Allen handled many of the day-to-day operations for the Longhorns and
assisted head coach John Fields with scheduling, recruiting and coaching at
practices and tournaments.

Allen spent five years as both director of tournament operations and tournament
director for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) in Roswell, Ga.,
before entering the colligate scene.  While in Roswell, Allen was responsible
for planning and executing 47 national junior golf tournaments and other AJGA
events.  Nicknamed “Wildcat” by his former AJGA co-workers, he oversaw all
AJGA tournaments and was responsible for the supervision of eight tournament
directors, as well as the hiring of 24 summer interns.  

In 1993 Allen graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in
journalism.  As a student, he worked in the sports information office, where he
was a liaison for numerous sports, including golf.  Prior to graduation, Allen
worked two summers as a communications intern for the AJGA, where he was
responsible for all on-site media relations at 10 national junior golf

A native of Beechmont, Ky., Allen serves on the National Golf Coaches Association

board of directors as treasurer.  Allen’s wife Julie is a former swimmer for Arizona State,

during which time she competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials.  Currently she is the head

swim coach at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.  The Allen family would not be complete

without their three children: Maggie (4-26-95), Mollie (12-20-98) and Mason (9-5-01).