Jason Allen completed his fifth season as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa in 2012. Allen was promoted to the team's recruiting coordinator following the 2008 season.
In 2012, the Hawkeyes faced another challenging slate, facing 16 eventual NCAA tournament teams, after taking on 18 in 2011. Allen helped coach a young Iowa team -- with only one senior -- to eight nonconference victories. Five Hawkeyes garnered all-tournament honors. He led Iowa to conference wins at Indiana on Oct. 5 (3-1) and at 12th-ranked Purdue on Oct. 6 (3-0). The victory in West Lafayette, Ind., marked Iowa's first win at Purdue and first sweep of the Boilermakers since Nov. 10, 2000. It also marked the fourth win over a ranked foe during his time at Iowa, and his first victory over a ranked team on the road. No. 12 Purdue is the highest-ranked team the Hawkeyes have defeated during his tenure and the program's highest since defeating No. 11 Michigan at home in 2007 (Sept. 28). It also marked the first time Iowa won two-straight league contests since 2008 and consecutive league road matches since 2005. Purdue was one of seven Big Ten teams selected to the NCAA Tournament. Six league foes advanced to the Sweet 16 and two (Michigan, Penn State) represented the conference in the NCAA Final Four.
Allen coached sophomore Alex Lovell to Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Oct. 8 for her efforts in the back-to-back league road victories. It marked Iowa's first Player of the Week honor since Sept. 18, 2006, when Melanie Meister received the recognition. It was also the Hawkeyes' first weekly honor since Christina Meister was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 7, 2009. The Leonard, Mich., native equaled junior Rachael Bedell with a team-best 37 kills in the two wins.
Lovell finished the year with a team-high 382 kills, the most in a single season since Catherine Smale posted 441 in 2005. Junior Bethany Yeager totaled a career-best 533 digs in 2012 -- the most in a season since 2006, when Emily Hiza registered 545. Yeager became the 14th Hawkeye in program history to surpass 1,000 career digs in Iowa's season-opening sweep of Chicago State. She is fifth in program history with 1,522 career digs, moving up nine spots on the all-time list during the season.
Iowa also enjoyed a successful season off the court. Six Hawkeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten. The six selections are the most for the program since 2009.
The Hawkeyes' recruiting class has earned national honors every year since Allen was promoted to recruiting coordinator. His 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes produced 62-percent of Iowa's starting lineup in 2011, and helped the Hawkeyes claim four non-conference tournament championships over the two seasons.
In Allen's second year, he helped the Hawkeyes match the program's best start in school history, becoming just the third Hawkeye team to start the season 6-0. Iowa fought its way to five conference wins, raising the two-year total since Allen arrived on campus to 11 Big Ten victories, the best two-year stretch since 2000-01.
In his first season at Iowa, Allen helped the Hawkeyes to 14 wins, which ties the most for an Iowa team since 2000. The Hawkeyes also won six Big Ten matches, the most for an Iowa squad in eight seasons.
In 2010, Allen served as the head coach of the Iowa High Performance Junior National team that advanced to compete in the USAV High Performance National Championships in the Wisconsin Dells.
Allen spent the 2007 season as the 16U Head Coach for the Texas Tornados club program, which is considered one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation. Allen led the team to a No. 17 national ranking and coached 10 players who received Division I scholarships. Four of Allen's players were also named to the top 120 players in the country list by numerous publications. Allen led his team to a first place finish at the 16 Open Northeast Qualifier. He also served as the recruiting director and webmaster.
Prior to his time with the Texas Tornadoes, Allen served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Sam Houston State University (2004-07). Allen helped lead Sam Houston State to a second place finish in the Southland Conference (2005) and coached a total of eight student-athletes to all-conference honors. Allen was also responsible for video scouting, recruit evaluating and summer camps.
Allen was an assistant coach for the Lone Star Youth High Performance Teams in both Austin and Houston, Texas from 2005-06. In 2005, his team finished fifth at the USA High Performance Championships and in 2006, the team finished 10th.
Allen began his collegiate coaching career at the Division II level, where he was a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State. In his one season, Southwest Minnesota State was crowned co-champions of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. He also helped coach five all-conference and two all-region student-athletes.
Allen moved on to North Dakota State University, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator (2002-04). North Dakota State won a share of the North Central Conference title in 2003 and qualified for the NCAA Division II National Tournament twice, including a "Sweet 16" appearance in 2003. Allen helped lead four student-athletes to all-region honors and two to All-America honors in 2003. He also recruited and signed the North Central Region Freshman of the Year in 2003.
Allen played one season at Tomball College in Tomball, Texas, before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University. Allen helped Tomball to a ninth place finish at the NIRSA Collegiate Volleyball Championships and served as a player/coach for the Oklahoma Baptist club team. Allen was a member of three state tournament club teams and was named to the all-tournament team twice. He was also a member of the International Sports Federation volleyball team for two summers traveling throughout North Africa, playing various national teams and hosting clinics for junior national teams.
Allen graduated from Oklahoma Baptist (2000) with a degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in communications, business administration and psychology. He worked towards his Masters of Education in wellness and human performance at Southwest Minnesota State University. Allen also completed hours towards his Masters of Exercise Science in sport pedagogy at North Dakota State University.