Brice Allen Named Associate Head Coach
July 13, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brice Allen has been named associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Ohio State men's track and field and cross country programs, head coach Ed Beathea announced Friday. Allen will coach the cross country team as well the distance runners for track and field.
Allen comes to Ohio State after a one-year hiatus from coaching. Previously, 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.
"Brice is a perfect fit for our program," Beathea said. "His resume speaks for itself, both on the track and on the recruiting trail. He is going to be a terrific addition to our staff as a coach, teacher and recruiter."
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.