Former South Dakota coach Ron Allen takes over coaching/team manager duties for Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team
Ron Allen, a Pacific Northwest native and graduate of Beaverton High School, Oregon, is the new head coach and team manager for the Poulsbo Piranhas Swim Team, the club announced Wednesday.
Allen’s teams at the University of South Dakota finished third in the country for men and eighth for the women. His 1999 men’s team was inducted into the USD Hall of Fame.
Allen coached at the University of South Dakota, Morningside College in Iowa, Colorado Mesa University and Ashland University in Ohio. He coached 23 years at the NCAA Division II level including more than 100 NCAA All-Americans, won conference titles at two different universities, coached 80 conference champions and was named conference coach of the year eight times.
Allen’s coaching career isn’t limited to the college ranks. The former high school swimmer and water polo player coached USA Swim Clubs in Vermillion, S.D. — home of the University of South Dakota — for seven years and coached another four years with the Cutthroat Swim Team in Idaho Falls, Idaho. With the Cutthroat’s, Allen was named Western Zone coach in 2011 and Idaho Coach of the Year in 2010.
After high school, Allen attended Lewis & Clark College where he also swam and played water polo. Allen, who holds degrees in psychology and physical education as well has a masters in sport psychology from the University of Oregon, was a conference champion and made the NAIA National team.
The Piranhas train at two locations, Olympic Aquatic Center in Bremerton and at the North Kitsap Community Pool in Poulsbo.