July 29, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Baseball Head Coach Donnie Marbut announced the addition of assistant coach Spencer Allen to the Cougar baseball staff. Additionally, Marbut said that pitching coach Gregg Swenson has been promoted to head assistant coach.
Allen, who fills the vacancy left by the departure of associated head coach Travis Jewett, arrives at Washington State after serving the past two years as an assistant coach at Purdue University. At WSU he will coach first base, work with the outfielders and coordinate the team's short game.
"Spencer will help us reach our goals and continue to make the Cougars a contender both in the Pac-10 and nationally," Marbut said. "We are really lucky to have Spencer as part of the Cougar family. With his experience in the Northwest, his professional experience and Division I experience, he's a fantastic addition to our program. He brings new ideas and approaches that will benefit us greatly moving forward.
"Coach Swenson's responsibilities will remain the same as he will handle our pitching staff," Marbut continued. "His title change reflects our confidence in his abilities, his dedication to Cougar baseball and the fact that he has earned the recognition."
While at Purdue Allen worked with hitters and catchers, helping to guide the team to two consecutive Big Ten Tournament appearances. In 2008 the Boilermakers posted a .309 team batting average, a school record, and a Big Ten-best 124 doubles and 44 home runs. The 2008 Purdue offense posted all-time top five finishes in school history in batting average, hits, runs, RBI, doubles (1st) and total bases.
Prior to Purdue Allen served as an area scout for the Detroit Tigers where his responsibilities included identifying and tracking Major League Baseball prospects in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Allen was with the Tigers organization during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Allen was a member of the coaching staff at Creighton University for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, handling the outfielders and catchers for the Bluejays. There he assisted with recruiting, organized travel, coordinated the program's baseball camp and monitored the academic success of the baseball student-athletes. The Bluejays compiled a 79-38 record during Allen's two seasons, winning the first Missouri Valley Conference title in school history in 2005.
Allen served as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa in 2004 under head coach Jack Dahm, where he worked with the outfielders and hitters.
Allen is a 2001 graduate of Iowa State University, where he played baseball for the Cyclones for three seasons (1999-2001). An Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2001, he served as team captain during his final season and received the Scholar Athlete Award at ISU in 2000 and 2001.