TULSA, Okla. – University of Tulsa Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham announced today the resignation of head volleyball coach Ed Allen, who has accepted a similar position at Alabama.
Allen, who holds the best winning percentage in school history (.782) and owns the second-most wins in school history (135), led the Golden Hurricane to three Conference Championships and two Tournament appearances over five seasons. TU won the 2006 and 2010 C- regular season championships, the 2007 C- Tournament title, and made Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2010.
“We are extremely proud of our volleyball program’s accomplishments in five years under Ed Allen,” Cunningham said. “Under Allen’s leadership, out teams won three conference championships and made two Tournament appearances. He was successful recruiting locally and internationally, and built our volleyball program to a strong position in our conference and on a national level.”
Allen’s teams earned 20 all-conference selections, including the 2010 C- Player of the Year, sophomore Tyler Henderson and 2010 C- Setter of the Year, sophomore Jordan Clampitt. In all, TU had two C- Players of the Year, two C- Setters of the Year, one C- Newcomer of the Year and one C- Freshman of the Year. The Hurricane also produced nine All-C- First Team selections, six All-C- Second Team selections and four C- All-Freshman Team selections since 2006.
The 2010 season was the best in school history, as the Golden Hurricane won the C- championship with a perfect 20-0 record, and posted a 31-3 overall record while reaching the second round of the Tournament. The Hurricane won 30 matches in a row during the season, and finished the season ranked No. 20 in the Division I Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in school history.