PHILADELPHIA - The George Washington University will be inducting its newest class into its Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday night (January 23), and Penn's Director of Golf, Scott Allen, is among the five inductees.
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Allen left GW for Penn following the 2007-08 season; he remains the winningest coach in the 80-year history of the Colonials' golf program. He led the team to its first NCAA berth in 60 years in 2006, and tallied his 1,000th career head-to-head victory at the 2005 Bethany Beach Invitational. Allen's 1,364 career victories are four times more than any other GW golf coach. Allen coached the Colonials to 13 tournament victories and 41 top-three finishes, both more than all other GW golf coaches combined. In addition to his duties as golf coach, Allen served as the athletic department's Recruiting Coordinator (serving as liaison to Admissions and Financial Aid for all of GW's teams) from 1998-2008.
Allen, who won four letters in golf ('90-'94), was named head golf coach in March 1995. He is a 1993 graduate of GW with a bachelor's degree in political science and minors in history and economics. He gained 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.
As a player at GW, Allen led the Colonials 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.
A Class A Member of the PGA of America, Allen also served as the Executive Director for the First Tee of Washington, D.C., from 2001-2008. As Executive Director, 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 is being inducted along with Mike Battle, Myriah (Lonergan) Cain, Li Liu, and President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg.