Spencer Allen enters his third season as a member of the Washington State University baseball coaching staff.
A native of Olympia, Wash., Allen is the Cougars' recruiting coordinator, hitting and catching coach.
In 2010, he also served as the first base coach for Washington State when the Cougars made their second-straight NCAA postseason appearance.
He came to the Palouse from Purdue where he spent two seasons (2008-09) as the Boilermakers' recruiting coordinator. He was also primarily responsible for the hitters, catchers and outfielders.
Allen helped guide Purdue to two-straight Big Ten Tournament appearances. In 2008, the Boilermakers set school records with a .309 team batting average and 124 doubles. The doubles and Purdue's 44 home runs led the Big Ten. The Boilermakers won 32 games that season, their highest total since 2001, and set school records for conference victories (21) and conference series wins (six).
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 2007 season.
Allen was a member of the Creighton coaching staff during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He coached outfielders and catchers for the Bluejays. At Creighton, he assisted with recruiting, organized travel, coordinated the program's baseball camp, and monitored the academic success of the school's baseball student-athletes. The Bluejays compiled a 79-38 record during Allen's tenure and won the first Missouri Valley Conference title in school history (2005). Creighton earned a bid into the 2005 NCAA Championship and finished runner-up in the Lincoln (Neb.) Regional. The 48 victories that season by the Bluejays were the most by a Creighton squad since 1991 (51).
In 2004, Allen was the volunteer coach at Iowa where he worked with outfielders and hitters on a team that posted a dozen wins in Big Ten play.
Allen's first coaching job was in 2002 when he was an assistant to current WSU Head Coach Donnie Marbut at Edmonds Community College.
A 2001 graduate of Iowa State, Allen played three seasons for the Cyclones (1999-2001). An All-Big 12 Academic selection in 2001, he served as team captain during his final season and was a two-time Iowa State Scholar-Athlete Award recipient (2000, 2001).