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Greg Allen
Greg Allen

Head Coach, fourth year at Arizona

Since taking over the Arizona women's golf program in July 2000, Greg Allen has kept the proud program at the top of the women's collegiate golf scene. In three seasons, the team has won eight team tournament titles, an astonishing 17 individual titles and claimed 23 additional individual top-10 finishes.

A hallmark of Allen's coaching style, the Wildcats have played the team's best golf in the post-season winning three times in the all-important championship events. Arizona has claimed the Pac-10 Conference championship in two of Allen's years as head coach and 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 addition to the team success that Arizona has enjoyed under Allen, individual championships have not been in short supply. 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. With Allen's guidance and leadership, Lorena Ochoa put together the single most successful season in college golf history as she won seven consecutive tournaments and eight overall.

The Kentucky native born in Greenville, enters his fourth year as head coach of Arizona's women's golf program with one goal squarely in view + leading his team to college golf's top prize, the NCAA championship.

Allen was selected in April 2001 to coach the United States women's team in the annual U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. The event, sponsored by the Golf Coaches Association of America, featured the top collegiate golfers from the United States 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.

Allen had served as the assistant coach for the University of Texas men's golf program from 1998-2000.

Allen helped lead the 1999-2000 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 Golf 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.

Prior to his arrival at Texas, Allen spent five years as both director of tournament operations and tournament director for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) in Roswell, Ga. While there, he was responsible for planning and executing 47 national junior golf tournaments and other AJGA events. Appropriately 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 and training of 24 summer interns.

Allen graduated from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1993. As a student, he worked in the sports information office at Murray State, 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 tournaments.

Allen's wife Julie is a former swimmer for Arizona State who competed in the 1988 Olympic Trials. The couple has three children; Maggie (4-26-95), Mollie (12-20-98) and Mason (9-5-01).