Allan moved to the greater San Diego area in the summer of 2004. Having been out of volleyball for 10 seasons due to family commitments until this past season, Allan believes that now with plenty of time available to him, he has a lot to offer. He says that he was in the right place at the right time to be hired as the JV coach at La Costa Canyon High School in late July 2016 and absolutely loves the program and the people in it. The school’s gym was under repair during the first two weeks of tryouts and training in August so the school used the COAST gym. This is where he witnessed the club’s philosophy towards excellence, improved facility, some of the coaches in action and wishes to add to that.
In Ottawa Canada, Allan started the first girls’ volleyball club in 1977. In the first two seasons of inception the club was the Provincial (State) Champions and National Finalists’ both years in the Junior (18u) and Juvenile (16u) categories. In the second season, Allan took the 18u team to the Open National Championship and finished 2nd. Beginning in 1982 as a second occupation, (in those days volleyball was a stipend position) Allan coached and trained the University of Ottawa Women’s Volleyball team for 10 seasons, finishing out of the medals once in the latter nine years in the Provincial Championships. The team was nationally Top 10 ranked seven of those years. Over the course of his coaching career Allan was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to train and coach 5 players that ultimately ended up on Canada’s Junior and/or Senior National Teams. Allan is also the former Program Coordinator for the Canadian Volleyball Association which included working with all National Teams and was the Women’s National team Coordinator for three years.
Allan was the first fully certified Level III Coach in Canada in any sport and authored three articles and co-authored two coaching manuals and loves to learn, in fact he credits the success of his 14 – 3 team last season to just that, finding out how to be better which will help the girls become better.