Julie Allen is in her seventh 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 at midseason. Under Allen’s guidance, Patterson posted seven contests 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, Registering 12 double-double performances and posting 25 matches with 30 or more assists. Under Allen, Patterson went 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.
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 the 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. She tallied 40 or more assists in 10 matches, including a season-high 48 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 went 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 helped 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 per set and was named C-USA Offensive Athlete of the Week after leading the team to a 3-0 victory over the Rice Owls with a match-high 12 kills, only one error and a .611 hitting percentage. The middle blocker topped off her career with three All-Tournament selections.
In 2014, Allen mentored starting setter, Lindsey Larson who ranked first on the squad in assist (920) and third in digs (227). The Canada native recorded a team-high 11 double-double performances and registered 16 matches with 30 or more assists in the season.
In the 2015 season, Larson earned C-USA Setter of the Week honors after registering 86 assist, 26 digs, 10 kills, eight blocks and two service aces over the course of an undefeated week against UAB and LA Tech.
The setter registered triple-digits in three categories, while reaching the 1,000 assists mark. She chipped in 1,064 assists, 369 sigs, 108 kills and 104 blocks, while putting up 17 double-double performances and 17 matches with 30 or more assists. Larson notched a career-best 62 assists versus Brown (9/11/15) to rank her second in the school’s record book for most assists in a single match.
Larson has not only seen success on the court but in the classroom as well. Larson is a three-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Medalist, a four-time C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and two-time C-USA All-Academic honoree.
Allen also guided true freshman Coline Coessens to a successful start with the Miners. Coessens earned the starting outside hitter position and played in all six rotations. The native of Belgium finished on top with 279 kills, 29 receptions and 325 points. The freshman led the Miners in kills in 13 matches. The outside hitter ranked second in serving aces (19), fourth in digs (224) and recorded 43 blocks. Coessens was named to the 2014 Conference USA All-Freshman team, becoming the first Miner to receive the honor since 2010.
On the defensive side Allen mentored starting liberos Dayanna Acevedo-Rios, Victoria Valencia, Stephanie Figueroa, Ashley Peak and Sarah Villa.
UTEP had a consistent rotation of senior Ashley Peak and Sarah Villa at the starting libero position during the 2015 season.
Villa anchored the Miner’s defense. The junior dented the C-USA record books in 2015 when she earned the top spot for digs in an individual match with 45 digs, while forcing Southern Miss to five sets on Oct. 23, 2015. The El Paso native posted 434 digs averaging 4.35 per set to finish fifth in conference in digs per set.
Peak saw action in 108 sets in the season and totaled 338 digs with a 3.13 digs per set average. The senior registered 45 assists, eight service aces, a kill and a .945 reception percentage.
Acevedo-Rios transferred from Iowa Western in 2012 and became the starting libero for the Miners in 2014. The senior played in 87 sets making 5 starting appearances. The transfer led the miners in digs (274) with an average of 3.15 digs per set.
Acevedo-Rios was also named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2013-2014.
Valencia was the starting libero for the Miners from 2012-2013. She registered seven showings of 20 or more digs, including a career high 38 versus Oral Roberts (9/6/13) to earn the top spot in the UTEP recordbook. The El Paso native tallied double-digits in 49 matches in her career. 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 record book for most digs in a four-set match with 29 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 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 wins and the Georgetown Classis Title.
She began her collegiate coaching career at Chico State where she assisted 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 assists.
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