PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has named Scott Allen as its new Director of Golf. The announcement was made Wednesday by Penn’s Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky.
”We are very excited to get a coach with the experience and level of success that Scott has had,” said Bilsky. “We feel like both of our golf programs are in a position where Ivy League championships and other measures of excellence are legitimate expectations, and Scott is the perfect person to come in and help our golfers achieve those levels of success.”
In his position as Director of Golf, Allen will serve as the head coach of the men’s program and oversee the direction of the women’s program. In addition to his duties with the Penn golf programs, Allen also will serve as an assistant to the Senior Associate Athletics Director. Allen replaces Francis Vaughn, who spent the last 12 years with the Penn golf programs and most recently served as the University’s Director of Golf.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the golf programs at one of the finest academic institutions in the country,” said Allen. “I am excited about working with student-athletes at Penn, and I am confident thatboth teams have the talent to be very successful in the Ivy League.”
Scott Allen spent the last 14 years as head coach of The George Washington University golf team, and departed as the winningest coach in the 80-year history of GW Golf. In 2006, he led the team to its first NCAA berth in 60 years. He tallied his 1,000th career head-to-head victory at the 2005 Bethany Beach Invitational, and his 1,270 career wins are four times more than any other GW golf coach. Allen has coached the Colonials to 13 tournament victories and 41 top-three finishes, both more than all other GW golf coaches combined. Over the past four seasons, GW has posted a .632 winning percentage.
A 1993 graduate of GW 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 collegiate career at the University of Delaware -- where he redshirted his first season -- Allen transferred to GW and lettered in golf four times, starting all four years and serving as team 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 when the team finished 12th in his final year. He was named MVP that year and led the Colonials in scoring average and top-five finishes in each of his last two years. He 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 single start.
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. In addition, 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.