Spencer Allen (baseball)

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Spencer Allen
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Allen with Illinois in 2015
Biographical details
Born (1977-12-10) December 10, 1977 (age 43)
Olympia, Washington
Playing career
1997–1998Green River College
1999–2001Iowa State
Position(s)Second baseman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002Edmonds Community College (assistant)
2004Iowa (volunteer assistant)
2005–2006Creighton (assistant)
2008–2009Purdue (assistant)
2010–2012Washington State (assistant)
2013–2014Creighton (assistant)
2015Illinois (assistant)
Head coaching record

Spencer Allen is an American baseball coach and former second baseman. He played college baseball at Green River College from 1997 to 1998 before transferring to Iowa State from 1999 to 2001 for head coach Lyle Smith. He then served as the head coach of the Northwestern Wildcats (2016–2021).[1]

Playing career[edit]

Allen attended Capital High School in Olympia, Washington. Allen played for the school's varsity baseball team for three years. He was named a First Team All-Conference selection as a sophomore while playing the outfield.[2] Allen then enrolled at the Green River College, to play college baseball for the Green River Gators baseball team.

As a redshirt freshman in 1998, Allen was named a 2nd Team All-Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.[3]

In the 2000 season as a junior, Allen had a .258 batting average, a .333 on-base percentage (OBP), and a .315 SLG, with ten RBIs.

Allen had his best season as a senior in 2001, hitting career highs in doubles (10), home runs (1), RBIs (17), batting average (.267) and slugging (.360).

Coaching career[edit]

Allen was hired by Northwestern after serving as an assistant for Illinois.[4] On May 31, 2021, Allen resigned as the head coach of Northwestern.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2016–2021)
2016 Northwestern 15–39 7–17 10th
2017 Northwestern 24–28 13–11 7th Big Ten Tournament
2018 Northwestern 17–32 6–18 13th
2019 Northwestern 24–26 11–12 9th
2020 Northwestern 6–6 0–0 Season canceled due to COVID-19
2021 Northwestern 15–21 15–21 10th
Northwestern: 101–152 52–79
Total: 101–152

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Spence Allen Head Baseball Coach". www.nusports.com. Northwestern University. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "BHL". Centralia Chronicle. May 25, 1994. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via NewspaperARCHIVE.com.
  3. ^ "Men's Baseball NWAACC and Divisional Awards". www.greenriver.edu. Green River College. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Alex Putterman (June 14, 2015). "Baseball: Northwestern hires Illinois' Spencer Allen as next coach". www.dailynorthwestern.com. The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Ben Chasen (May 31, 2021). "BREAKING: Spencer Allen will not return as Northwestern's head baseball coach". www.insidenu.com. Vox Media, LLC. Retrieved June 3, 2021.

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