Frankie Allen Named Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
UMBC Head Basketball Coach Randy Monroe has named Frankie Allen an assistant men’s basketball coach, completing his staff for the 2006-07 season.
Coach Allen has been a Head Men’s Basketball Coach at three NCAA Division I institutions since 1987. He served Virginia Tech University as its head coach from 1987-91, earning Coach of the Year honors from the Metro Conference and Virginia Sportswriters in 1988. He went on to Tennessee State University, where he coached the Tigers for nine seasons (1991-2000). His Tennessee State teams won three Ohio Valley Conference titles (1993, 1994, 1995) and made a pair of appearances (1993, 1994) in the NCAA Tournament.
Most recently, Coach Allen was the head basketball coach at Howard University (2000-05), where he inherited a team that compiled a 3-52 record in the previous two seasons. The Bison recorded double-digit victories in his first three seasons, including the school’s first winning record (18-13, 2001-02) in 16 years.
Last season, Coach Allen served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Radford University where the Highlanders posted a record of 16-13.
Allen had a brilliant playing career for Roanoke (Va.) College from 1967-71. He remains the all-time leading scorer (2,780 points) and rebounder (1,758) at any collegiate level in the state of Virginia. He was a three-time state of Virginia College Basketball Player of the Year (1969-71) and earned All America honors in his senior campaign. Moreover, Allen was the first African-American resident student to earn a degree (B.A., Philosophy) from Roanoke College.
Coach Allen joins Don Anderson and Nate Stewart, who will also be “rookie” coaches on the Retriever staff. He replaces Kevin Baggett, who took a similar position at Rider (N.J.) University, close to his hometown of Burlington.