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Allen named new head coach for Colby softball program

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Terren Allen, a two-time North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship winner who led Husson University to three regular-season titles in four years, is the new head coach of the Colby College softball program.

Allen was the NAC Coach of the Year the past two years and helped Husson earn two NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. Her appointment follows a national search.

“The success and leadership that Terren has shown during her career will enhance our students’ athletic experience in immeasurable ways,” said Jake Olkkola, Colby’s Harold Alfond Director of Athletics. “I am thrilled to welcome her and her family to the Colby College community.”

Allen, who had a 94-66 record at Husson, led the Eagles to NCAA tourney appearances and NAC championships in 2015 and 2018 and to NAC regular season titles in 2015, 2017, and 2018. Allen’s teams won 20 games or more in three of her four seasons, including two seasons with 25 victories or more.

“I am extremely excited to join the Colby College community,” Allen said. “I’m eager to start working with the players to establish a plan that will advance Colby to a highly competitive team in the NESCAC. I see nothing but positives for the future of Colby softball.”

One of the positives for Allen will be Colby’s recently completed baseball/softball complex. Colby was the first college in the New England Small College Athletic Conference to have artificial turf, which allows the team to get out on the field at the start of the season rather than waiting for snow to melt. 

“Colby’s student athletes are truly getting the entire package—high academic excellence and the opportunity to practice and compete at some of the best facilities in New England,” Allen said. “With the completion of the Colby athletic complex in 2020, our athletes will have access to facilities that will be amongst the best in the nation and Division III athletics.”

From 2012 to 2015 Allen was the general manager and director of softball at Maine Sluggers in Brewer, Maine, and coached their Under-18 travel team. Allen also served as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Maine, in 2011 and 2013-14, where she worked with the outfielders and hitters.

Allen was a four-year letter winner as an infielder for the University of Maine from 2008 to 2011. She batted .323 in 204 career games with 207 hits, 35 homers, 43 doubles, one triple, 167 RBI, 70 walks, 21 stolen bases, 357 total bases, and a .558 slugging percentage.

A three-time America East All-Conference selection, Allen holds the Black Bears’ single-season records for most home runs by a first-year (9), most RBIs (53), and she is UMaine’s all-time career leader in home runs, doubles, and games played. Allen was named to the America East All-Academic Team all four seasons.

Allen earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and physical education with a minor in business administration from UMaine in 2011. A native of Bucksport, Maine, Allen attended Bucksport High School and was named Class B Softball Player and Pitcher of the Year in 2006 and 2007. 

“Working with such a prestigious college in Maine is an amazing opportunity. I want talented players who are academically focused and who will make an impact not only on the field but at the College and in the community,” Allen said.

Allen and her husband, Jeremy, have a son, Ethan. She will start at Colby on Sept. 24.