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Brice Allen is in his fifth season as associate head coach for the Ohio State track and field and cross country programs. Allen heads up the men's cross country team as well as the distance runners for track and field.
In the fall of 2016, the Buckeyes excelled under the tutelage of Allen. The Scarlet and Gray won a team title at the season opening Queen City Invite, and they won a second-consecutive team title at the All-Ohio Championships. Evan Stifel had a stellar junior season staking claim to being the Buckeyes low guy at every single meet he competed at.
Stifel closed out the season with a personal record 10k time of 30:29.8 to place eighth at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. With that finish, Stifel became the first Buckeye since Nick Pupino (2013) to be named to the Great Lakes All-Region squad. At the Big Ten Championships, Stifel mixed it up with some of the top runners in the nation to place seventh. That placing earned him First Team All-Big Ten accolades becoming the first Buckeye to do so since Jeff See (2009). Dating back to the 2015 season, Stifel has now been the top Buckeye finisher at Ohio State’s last eight races.
On the track, Allen tutored Jared Fleming, a budding mid-distance athlete in the spring of 2015. At the 2015 Big Ten Indoor Championships, Fleming clocked the third-fastest time (1:49.28) in program history to swipe bronze in the 800m run. During the 2016 outdoor slate, Fleming etched his name in the record books once again claiming the third-best readout in program history in the 800m run with a time of 1:48.07 at the NCAA East Preliminaries. In the fall of 2015, Allen also signed the No. 4 mid-distance athlete in the nation in Alex Lomong of Fork Union, Va.
2015 saw the emergence of Stifel and Clayton Bowie on the cross country circuit, two underclassmen who turned out to be mainstays in the Buckeye top five. Bowie scored in all six meets he ran in, including a season-opening win at the Flyer 5K Challenge with a 5k readout of 15:34.0. Stifel was just as steady in his five meets he competed in, scoring in all five and he closed out the season as the top Buckeye finisher at Pre Nationals, the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The one-two punch of Stifel and Bowie also enabled the Buckeyes to win their first All-Ohio Championship meet since 2009 with a team score of 39 points.
In the fall of 2014, Allen led a young Ohio State cross country team to a 10th-place finish at both the Big Ten and Great Lakes championships after losing No. 1 and No. 2 runners Nick Pupino and Jordan Redd to injury in the preseason. Freshman Nick Elswick emerged early in the season for the Buckeyes, securing the top finish for the Scarlet and Gray at four of seven meets. Senior Jackson Neff stepped up late in the season for OSU, taking 28th at the Big Ten championships and 37th at the Great Lakes regional.
The track and field season was highlighted by Neff earning Second Team All-America honors in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor championships. Neff also had success at the Big Ten championships, earning bronze in the steeple outdoors and fourth place in the mile at the indoor championships. Middle distance runners Jared Fleming and Anthony Johnson also stepped up for the Buckeyes, with Fleming finishing third in the 800-meter run at the B1G indoor championships and Johnson claiming sixth in the 800 at the outdoor meet.
In his second season, Allen guided the cross country team to an eighth-place finish at the Big Ten championships and a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes regional championships. Pupino was named to the All-Great Lakes regional team after a 20th-place finish at the regional meet, while Redd was the top finisher for the Buckeyes at four of six meets. During the track and field season, Allen coached Neff to a Big Ten title in the 3000-meter steeplechase and Blake Taneff to the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 10000-meter run (29:12.59).
In his first season at Ohio State, Allen helped guide Donny Roys to an NCAA-championship appearance during the cross country season and Chris Fallon to the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships in the mile and 1500-meter events, respectively. Under Allen's training and coaching Fallon became just the 390th American to run a sub-four minute mile. He finished with First Team All-America honors in the mile at the indoor championships.
Prior to coming to Ohio State, Allen served as distance coach at the University of Louisville for a total of seven years. He held the position of head men's and women's cross country coach from 2008-10 after working as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both programs for four years.
The distance and cross country programs made considerable jumps under Allen. Under his tutelage, the Cardinal men garnered three Top 25 finishes from 2007-10 at the NCAA cross country championships after never having previously reached the event. To top it off, Wesley Korir and Cory Thorne earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors under Allen's direction, an accomplishment that had not been attained in program history. The Cardinal women also took leaps forward in cross country under Allen. Most notably, Tarah McKay became the first female in program history to earn an individual bid to the NCAA cross country championships.
On the track, numbers alone back up the success of the Cardinal distance program. Allen was instrumental in mentoring eight All-America distance runners, 21 All-Region distance honorees, nine conference champions and 24 national championship qualifiers. Most impressive, though, was Matt Hughes becoming the first male in program history to win a title in an outdoor event, capturing the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Prior to Louisville, Allen assisted at Northern Arizona, where he had a hand in guiding the Lumberjacks' men's cross country team to third at the 2003 NCAA Championships and fourth at the 2001 NCAA Championships. He also helped lead the women's cross country team to a ninth-place finish in 2001 and 15th in 2003. On the track side, Allen worked with 2004 NCAA women's steeplechase champion Ida Nilsson. In addition to his on-the-field duties at NAU, Allen managed the program's budget, travel arrangements and worked extensively with recruiting.
A native of Sugar Grove, Pa., Allen competed in cross country and track at Allegheny (Pa.) College, where he was an individual qualifier for the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Allen earned his bachelor's degree from Allegheny in 2001 and his master's degree from Northern Arizona in 2003.
Allen is married to the former Angie Reed, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have two daughters, Sydney and Wren.
Allen Coaching Career
2012-Present: Associate Head Coach, Distance and Cross Country, Ohio State
2008-11: Head Cross Country Coach/Assistant Track Coach & Recruiting Coordinator, Louisville
2004-08: Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Louisville
2001-03: Assistant Coach, Northern Arizona
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