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Mark Allen
Mark  Allen

Position:
Head Coach


Mark Allen is in his first season as the head coach of the Virginia men’s and women’s squash teams. Allen served as the head coach for the Virginia men’s and women’s club squash programs as well as the director of squash at Boars Head Sports Club from 2013-17. 

Under Allen’s leadership, the Virginia men’s and women’s club squash programs held rankings inside the top 50. The men’s team was ranked 19th at the conclusion of the 2017 season, while the women’s team ranked 13th. Both programs were the No. 1 ranked club team nationally for the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 seasons.

Allen was named South African National Coach of the Year in 2008 and US National Squash Coach of the Year in 2005. He is also an England Squash Elite Level IV certified coach.

Prior to Virginia, Allen coached in Cape Town, South Africa as the head coach at the Western Province Cricket Club from 2007-13. Allen built the program into one of the strongest junior squash teams in the country with eight club junior players achieving a No. 1 South African junior ranking.

While in South Africa, Allen created the Pro Training Group which worked with professional squash players developing their careers. During this time, he coached two of the country’s best female squash players, Tenille Schwartz (ranked 28th- WISPA) and Siyoli Waters (ranked 36th- WISPA). Additionally, he coached the first teams at Bishops School, Wynberg School and SACs School.

In 2004-07, Allen worked for Western Athletic Clubs as the head squash professional at San Francisco Bay Club and the director of squash programs at Bay Club Marin. Allen managed programs, ran tournaments, hosted international squash events and provided lessons to club members. 

During this time, Allen was the head coach and manager of the U.S. National Junior Women’s team. He coached the program to a fourth-place finish at the 2005 World Junior Championships, at the time a program best in a world championship event. Allen coached the team for two years, 2004-05.

In 2000-03, Allen worked with the National Capital Squash Racquets Association teaching the sport in the area for Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area. Additionally, he coached at Potomac High School.

Allen began his coaching career as the coach and director of squash for the Guernsey Squash Racquets Association. During his two years of coaching (1998-2000), Allen taught England’s No. 1 junior player, Chris Simpson, and was the coach and manager of the Guernsey squash team that competed in the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

A former professional player himself, Allen led the English junior team as captain to a first-place finish at the World Junior Team Championships in 1990. He finished fourth in the World Junior Individual Championships that same season. Soon after, Allen competed professionally, achieving a world ranking of 41st.

In 1993, he attended Nottingham University where he received a B.A. in industrial economics. He captured three British University individual championship titles in addition being captain on the 1996 World Student Games champion squash team. 

He currently lives in Charlottesville with his wife Tracy and their two children, Daniel and Jayden.

 

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