February 25, 2008

Hall of Fame Coach Richard Allen Takes Helm of New Western Nevada College Softball Program

WNC Softball Coach Richard Allen
WNC Softball Coach Richard Allen

Anyone who follows high school athletics in Nevada knows the name Dick Allen from his ten state championships in girls' sports, record 88-game winning streak at Reed High School in girls' basketball, and numerous honors as a Nevada High School Coach of the Year for both softball and basketball.

Allen has moved to the collegiate ranks as he takes on the task of starting a women's softball program at Western Nevada College.

"Western is the right fit for me," he said. "I enjoy the area, and I think it's fortunate that girls who play softball through high school will have another outlet.

"The baseball team at Western has had great success and I'm hoping to follow in that tradition," he said. "I plan to run a goal-oriented program that recruits athletes who will do well in the classroom as well as be good teammates. Team chemistry is essential."
Allen played guard on the University of Nevada, Reno's varsity men's basketball team for four years and earned the Doc Martie Award as "Outstanding Senior Athlete" in 1972.

Since his playing days at UNR, Allen has successfully coached girls' and boys' basketball teams with three girls' 4A state championships and seven girls' 4A state softball titles, compiling a 76 percent winning percentage in softball and 68 percent in basketball.

Allen was inducted into the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2006 and has won 10 Nevada Coach of the Year honors in softball and basketball. His Wooster Colts softball teams were nationally ranked between 2000 and 2003.

At Western, Allen said, he hopes to help the student athletes enhance their skills and learn to compete at a high level, on and off the field. "Right now they have to go away to play, if they don't go to the University of Nevada. I'd like to use this program to help student athletes prepare to possibly play at the university level, while they earn their degree."

Allen is a lifelong Nevadan who graduated from Sparks High School. He and his wife have two grown children.


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