Scott Allen was hired as Penn's Director of Golf in August 2008, and completed his fourth year overseeing the men's and women's golf programs in 2011-12.
In his position as Director of Golf, Allen serves as the head coach of the men's program and oversees the direction of the women's program. In addition to his duties with the Penn golf programs, Allen also serves as the department's recruiting coordinator under Senior Associate Athletics Director Alanna Shanahan.
Under Allen's guidance, the Penn men's golf team has enjoyed great success. The highlight came this past spring, when the Quakers won their first Ivy League Championships team title during his tenure. The Red and Blue took the crown in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 16-stroke deficit in the final round to tie Dartmouth after 54 holes and then defeating the Big Green on the third playoff hole. That gave Penn a berth into the NCAA South Central Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. Two Penn players, junior P.J. Fielding and senior Scotty Williams, finished fourth and fifth at Ivies, respectively, to earn first-team All-Ivy; for Williams, it was his fourth time earning the honor, making him the first Penn player to accomplish the feat.
The 2011-12 season had plenty of highlights beyond Ivies, as evidenced by the team's record (93-39-4). Penn also won team titles at the George Washington Invitational and the Navy Spring Invitational, and at both of those events Max Marscio took individual medalist honors (a result he also pulled off at the season-opening Maryland Intercollegiate). Another Penn player, Austin Powell, was individual medalist at Penn's Quaker Invitational -- the team finished second in the event, played at Trump National Philadelphia course in Pine Hill, N.J. -- and sophomore Marco Fortades was individual medalist at the Rehoboth Beach Fall Invitational in October.
In Allen's first season, 2008-09, the Quakers finished one stroke out of winning the Ivy League Championships team title. In addition, the Quakers were victorious at the Rehoboth Beach (Del.) Invitational in the fall and put together an overall record of 83-35-1. In five spring tournaments, the Quakers went 48-8 and never finished lower than third as a team. At the end of the year, the team was one of 46 Division I programs nationwide to receive Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-Academic Team recognition.
In 2009-10, Allen compiled a 71-29-2 record against Division I opponents (41-9-1 in the spring), and Penn won the eight-team Caves Valley Intercollegiate in the spring as well as shared the team title at the Ivy Match Play Championships in October. The Quakers finished third at the Ivy Championships in late April, with sophomore Scotty Williams becoming just the second Penn player to earn medalist honors in the event's 36-year history. At the NCAA East Regional hosted by Yale, Williams played as an individual and shot 70-73-79--222 (+12) to finish t-58th in the field. In addition, Colin St. Maxens was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year by the Ancient Eight coaches.
Penn went 89-40-1 in 2010-11, and took third place at the Ivy League Championships in late April after winning team titles at the George Washington and Quaker Invitationals (the 14-team Quaker Invite was hosted by Penn at the Philadelphia Cricket Club). The Red and Blue also finished second at two spring tournaments. At the Ivy League Championships, Williams finished fourth and received first-team All-Ivy honors, while St. Maxens took 10th to earn second-team All-Ivy. Marsico, meanwhile, set a school record when he carded a 64 at the Princeton Invitational in early April.
In four years at Penn, Allen's overall record is 336-143-8.
Allen serves on the Board of Directors of the First Tee of Delaware. Since making the move to Penn, he has also become involved with the Julian Krinsky School of Golf in Haverford and the Leon Sullivan Junior Golf Program in North Philadelphia.
Prior to his arrival at Penn, Allen spent 14 years as head coach of the George Washington University golf team, and departed as the winningest coach in the program's 80-year history. He tallied his 1,000th career head-to-head victory at the 2005 Bethany Beach Invitational, and in 2006 he led the Colonials to their first NCAA National Championships berth in 60 years. Allen's 1,364 career wins were four times more than any other GW golf coach before him. Allen coached George Washington to 13 tournament victories and 41 top-three finishes, both more than all of GW's other golf coaches combined.
A 1993 George Washington graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science and minors in history and economics, Allen added a master's degree in international affairs in 2000. After starting his college career at Delaware -- where he redshirted his first season -- Allen transferred to GW and lettered in golf four times, starting all four years and serving as captain for three seasons.
While a player at GW, Allen led the team to what was then its best finish in the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Region -- 12th, in his final year. He was named MVP that year and led the Colonials in scoring average and top-five finishes each of his last two years. Allen had four second-place finishes, including two at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Sandhills Intercollegiate. When Allen's playing career ended in 1994, he held the school record for rounds played with 67 (currently 12th) and was second in top-five finishes with seven (currently fourth). He also holds the school record with his score counting 67 consecutive times. He is the only Colonial with more than 30 rounds played to have his score count in every start.
In January 2009, Allen was inducted into the George Washington University's Athletics Hall of Fame.
Allen is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and an accomplished teacher, having served as Director of Instruction for Fairfax National Golf Club and The First Tee of Washington, DC. He also has been an instructor with the Capital City Golf School.
Allen served as chairman of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Regional Advisory Committee, the group that is responsible for selecting the teams that participate in the NCAA Championships, from 2001-2005. Allen has been active in NCAA and Atlantic 10 Conference legislation.
In addition to his duties as golf coach, Allen was GW's Recruiting Coordinator, and he served as the Executive Director for the First Tee of Washington, D.C. As Executive Director of First Tee, he oversaw the largest non-profit youth golf organization in the nation's capital. The First Tee introduced its golf and Life Skills lessons to more than 1,500 kids in 2007 at East Potomac Park Golf Course and Langston Golf Course in D.C.
Allen lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife Angela, their daughters Maclaren and Yeardley, and their French bulldog, Jean Van de Velde.