Jason Allen will join the University of Houston volleyball program as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator announced Kaddie Platt Friday afternoon.
"We are excited to bring Jason and his family to the University of Houston," head coach Kaddie Platt said. "Jason is well known to be a hardworking recruiter and will fill the role of Recruiting Coordinator for our staff. He has great organizational and communication skills that are essential for our programs success. Jason will work on the defensive side of the court with our defensive systems and blocking schemes as well as train all skills in the gym. We are happy to welcome Jason, Jen and Sophie to the UH Family!"
The Houston native spent the last season with Marquette University helping the Golden Eagles to a 26-6 record overall, 15-1 in the new BIG EAST Conference. No. 11 Marquette made an NCAA tournament appearance sweeping Louisville in the first round. Allen also served as the defensive coordinator, working with the middle blockers and the back-row defensive alignment and was the video coordinator.
Before Marquette, Allen spent five seasons as assistant coach at the University of Iowa serving as the recruiting coordinator and coached the Hawkeyes defense.
The Hawkeyes' recruiting class has earned national honors every year since Allen was promoted to recruiting coordinator. His 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes produced 62-percent of Iowa's starting lineup in 2011, and helped the Hawkeyes claim four non-conference tournament championships over the two seasons.
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 in Houston as the 16U Head Coach for the Texas Tornados club program, which is considered one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. Allen led the team to a No. 17 national ranking and coached 10 players who received Division I scholarships. Four of Allen's players were also named to the top 120 players in the country list by numerous publications.
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 to a second place finish in the Southland Conference in 2005.
Allen was an assistant coach for the Lone Star Youth High Performance Teams in both Austin and Houston from 2005-06.
Allen began his collegiate coaching career at the Division II level, where he was a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State. In his single season of coaching, 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.
From there, Allen moved on to North Dakota State University to serve as a assistant coach and recruiting coordinator (2002-04). North Dakota State won a share of the North Central Conference title in 2003 and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament twice, including a "Sweet 16" appearance in 2003. Allen helped lead four student-athletes to all-region honors and two to All-America honors in 2003. He also recruited and signed the North Central Region Freshman of the Year in 2003.
Allen was a member of the men's club team at Oklahoma Baptist. He was also played for the International Sports Federation volleyball team for two summers traveling throughout Northern Africa, playing various national teams and hosting clinics for junior national teams.
Allen is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist (2000). He earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications, business administration and psychology.
Jason and his wife, Jen, have a daughter, Sophie. The family resides in Houston.