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History: First Women’s Softball Coach Named at CIU

The first women’s softball coach in the history of Columbia International University has a decade of

NCAA coaching and playing experience.

Coach Sara Allen comes to CIU from Montana State University Billings (NCAA II) where she served as

assistant softball coach. She has also served as an assistant softball coach at Weber State University

(NCAA I) in Ogden, Utah and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (NCAA II).

Allen played collegiate softball at the University of San Diego where she was a three time all-PCSC

(Pacific Coast Softball Conference) honoree and a three time University of San Diego offensive

player of the year with a career batting average of .302. During her senior season, Allen racked up

two awards: the 2006 PCSC Scholar Athlete of the Year and a 2006 ESPN CoSIDA (College Sports

Information Directors of America) Academic All-American.

CIU Athletics Director James Whitaker says Allen has the ability to connect and challenge young

women entering a new program.

“Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in

softball and she has an extreme passion for coaching,”

Whitaker said.

With the first season of CIU Rams women’s softball

scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year, one of

Allen’s first priorities is recruiting.

“More than anything I’m excited for the young ladies

who will be CIU’s first softball team,” Allen said. “I’m

also excited to start all the traditions and develop the

culture that will characterize Rams softball. Softball is

growing like crazy around the country, so I am really

looking forward to leading CIU into competition on the

ball field.”

Junior Varsity Men’s Basketball Added

Junior varsity men’s basketball makes its debut at CIU this semester. Men’s Basketball

Assistant Coach Danny Reese leads the team. Reese has been an assistant coach with the

Rams for the past three seasons.

Head Coach Marshall Tague says the JV squad is made up of “committed student athletes

who desire to be a part of something special” and he is recruiting more athletes for the


“If you are looking for a chance to develop and an opportunity to grow, the JV team might

be a perfect fit for you,” Tague said.

Junior varsity men’s basketball

coach, Danny Reese

Construction of the softball field is underway.


CIU Today

Fall 2017