Scott Allen is in his 14th year as head coach of The George Washington University golf team. Simply put, Allen is the winningest coach in the 80-year history of GW Golf. In 2006 Allen led the team to their 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. Starting his collegiate career at the University of Delaware where he redshirted his first season, he transferred to GW and lettered in golf four times, started all four years and was team captain for three seasons. While 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 fourth 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 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 is 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. "In season, I try not to tinker too much with players' swings," Allen said. "If you can play at GW you probably have a solid golf swing." However, Allen spends a lot of time at the range with his players working to fine tune their swings and make minor changes. His 14 years of coaching experience and more than 20 years of playing has given him quite a bit of knowledge of course management and strategy.
"College golfers have the greatest room for improvement in the area of course management" Allen said. "I work hard to help my players get the most out of their game."
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 very active in NCAA and Atlantic 10 Conference legislation. He currently serves at the A-10's representative on the Golf Coach Association of America's Coaches Congress.
In addition to his duties as golf coach, Allen is GW's Recruiting Coordinator and serves as the Executive Director for the First Tee of Washington, DC. As Executive Director of The First Tee, he oversees the area's largest non-profit youth golf organization. The First Tee introduced its golf and Life Skills lessons to over 1,500 kids in 2007 at either East Potomac Park Golf Course or Langston Golf Course. Allen continues to play competitively within the Middle Atlantic Section of the PGA and lives in Reston, VA.
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