Release courtesy of Concordia University Chicago athletics communications
RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Concordia University Chicago has named Curtis Allen as the head coach for women's tennis. Allen will also work for the University as a corporate relations specialist.
"I am excited and honored to be at Concordia University Chicago and part of this tennis program," said Allen. "There looks to be a lot of potential with this team. This will be a fun ride, and I'm ready to go!"
Allen is a graduate of Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, where he played four years for the men's basketball team. Franciscan did not have an intercollegiate tennis program at the time, but upon Allen's graduation, he was offered the opportunity to begin both men's and women's programs. Drawing upon his knowledge of tennis and playing experience from his prep days in California, Allen got to work building the fledgling programs. His efforts produced results as the Barons first took to the courts in the spring of 2010, followed by the Lady Barons in the fall. He would be honored as the Men's Coach of the Year for 2011 by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
In the summer of 2011, Allen returned to California to work as an associate manager for Hertz Rent-a-Car, but tennis coaching would present another opportunity to Allen three years later. From 2014 to 2018, Allen would coach the tennis teams at Ave Maria University in Florida while also serving as the school's director of intramural athletics. His time in these roles would be highlighted by the 2018 season, when the men's team would improve by seven wins, finishing with a 9-5 record (4-3 in The Sun Conference).
Allen took on further administrative responsibilities in the fall of 2018 when he became Ave Maria's assistant athletic director. His responsibilities included the development and management of six intramural sports, 10 club sports and three non-varsity sports.
Allen earned his B.S. in business management from Franciscan University in 2009. He earned an M.A. in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University of Irvine, California in 2015.