UTEP assistant volleyball coach Julie Allen has been chosen to lead the Sun Country region High Performance team.
UTEP women's volleyball head coach Ken Murphy has been named the 2012 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
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The UTEP volleyball team defeating Southern Miss, 3-1. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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Julie Allen enters her fifth season as an assistant coach to the Miners' volleyball program.
Allen serves as the team's technical coordinator. She shares in all of the program's coaching responsibilities, including offensive director and opponent scouting game prep.
In 2010, true freshman, Malia Patterson won the starting position midseason. Under Allen's guidance, Patterson posted seven contest with 25 or more assists including a career-best 58 in her first full match in the Orange and Blue. Patterson had three matches with double-digit digs for three double-double performances.
Patterson carried her success into 2011 having registered 12 double-double performances and posted 25 matches with 30 or more assists. Under Allen, Patterson has gone from averaging 8.38 assists/set to registering 10.3 per frame in 2011. Patterson recorded career-high 63 assists against Houston (10/30) during her second season with the Miners.
In 2012, Patterson produced another stellar season as she led the team in assists (1,177) under Allen's guidance. Patterson recorded a career-high 10.80 assists per set which ranked 57th nationally and second in Conference USA. The squad secured the No. 4 spot in conference in assists per set (12.20). Patterson registered 10 double-doubles, including 52 assists against Tulsa (11/4) and tallied a season-high 56 assists in a victory over I-10 rival NM State (9/26). Patterson was also named C-USA Setter of the Week twice during the season.
As a senior in 2013, Patterson led the squad in assists with a total of 1, 118, ranking her 83rd in the nation and seventh in the league. She tallied 40 or more assists in 10 matches, including a season-high 48 assists against Tulsa (11/15) while adding 18 digs Patterson registered seven double-double matches in her final season as a Miner. The setter finished the season with 232 digs, 72 kills, 41 blocks (35/6) and 12 service aces.
Under Allen's tutelage, the Miners have excelled in the assists category. UTEP has gone from averaging 10.90 in 2010 to 12.3 in 2013.
In 2013, Allen also guided middle blocker Xitlali Herrera to AVCA Division I All-America, AVCA All-Southwest Region first team and All-Conference USA first team honors.
Recruiting Herrera in 2011, Allen led her to become the only C-USA middle blocker to play all-six rotations. The senior ranked 23rd nationally, fourth in C-USA and first on the team in kills with 465 including a career high 27 against Tulsa (11/15) and Southern Miss (11/19). The Juarez, Mexico native tallied 29 double-digit kill performances in her last season with the Miners. She rates fourth all-time in program history with 1,182 kills.
Herrera also ranked 14th in the nation, third in C-USA and first on the team in points, totaling 5.11 points per set and was named C-USA Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the team a 3-0 victory over the Rice Owls with a match-high 12 kills with only one error and .611 hitting percentage. The middle blocker topped off her career with three All-tournament selections.
On the defensive side Allen mentored starting liberos Victoria Valencia and Stephanie Figueroa.
Valencia was the starting libero for the Miners from 2012-2013. She registered seven showings of 20 or more dig performances, including a career high 38 digs versus Oral Roberts (9/6/13) earning the top spot in the UTEP recordbook. The El Paso native tallied double-digit dig showings in 49 matches in her career with the Miners. She was also named to the UTEP Invitational All-Tournament team.
Figueroa led UTEP's defense as the starting libero from 2010-2011. The Puerto Rican native totaled 1,047 digs in her two years with the Miners. Figueroa ranks third all-time in the UTEP recordbook for most digs in a four set match with 29 digs against UAB (11/06/11).
Allen joined the UTEP volleyball staff after a two-year stint at Arkansas State. While at Arkansas State, Allen helped direct the Red Wolves to back-to-back winning seasons, 22-11 in 2009 and 21-12 in 2008. She also tutored Cayla Fielder, the 2008 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, and the Defensive Player of the Week Heather Brown.
Prior to Arkansas State, the Sebastopol, Calif., native spent two years as an assistant coach at Georgetown where she handled scouting, offseason recruiting and team development. Her efforts helped the Hoyas improve from a 0-25 record to eight game wins and the Georgetown Classis Title.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Chico State where she assisted the with recruiting, travel and summer camps while leading the men's club team to a fifth-place finish at the national tournament.
Allen is a 2005 graduate of the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy, a program that provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. She also participated in the NCAA Women Coaches Academy Dimension 2 in 2007.
Allen received her bachelor's degree in education with a concentration in social studies from the University of Portland where she was a four-year setter for the Pilots. She ranks fifth all-time in Pilots' history.