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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UTEP Volleyball vs NMSU, Round II. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Jullie Allen enters her third season as an assistant coach to the Miners' volleyball program.
Allen's main responsibilities include working with the setters, scouting and assisting with recruiting. 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 a career-high 63 assists against Houston (10/30) during her second season with the Miners.
Under Allen's tutelage, the Miners have excelled in the assists category. UTEP has gone from averaging 10.90 in 2010 to 12.2 in 2011.
The Sebastopol, Calif., native 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.
Prior to Arkansas State, Allen spent two years as an assistant coach at Georgetown where she handled scouting, offseason recruiting and team development. While at Arkansas State, Allen tutored Cayla Fielder, the 2008 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, and the Defensive Player of the Week Heather Brown.
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 in career assists with 2,042.
Following graduation, Allen served as head coach at Tualatin High School and brings club experience after working with the Empire Volleyball Club in Santa Rosa, Calif.