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Wednesday, July 9, 2003
NASHVILLE --- Sharon Allen has been officially appointed as the new head women's basketball coach at Tennessee State University, as approved this week by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Allen comes to Tennessee State from Mississippi State University where she had served for five years and was the recruiting coordinator for Coach Sharon Fanning's program. The 15-year coaching veteran also assisted the program with on-court and practice duties in addition to her recruiting obligations. The new Lady Tiger coach joins the program in time for the summer recruiting period. She will be on campus on a full-time basis later this summer. Allen joined the Mississippi State staff during the 1998-99 season and made an immediate impact with the program, helping the Lady Dogs to a first-ever NCAA appearance. Prior to her tenure at Mississippi State, Allen served two years as a sports regional manager for Converse, Inc. Before her brief break from coaching, Allen served four years as head coach at Saint Louis University, where she helped in the rebuilding of the Lady Billiken program. She has also served as recruiting coordinator at Kansas State and was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Drake University. Allen began her full-time coaching career with a one-year stay at George Washington University (1986-87) after serving in a graduate assistant?s role at her alma mater, East Tennessee State from 1984-1986. While earning her B.S. degree from East Tennessee State in physical education, Allen was a four-year letterwinner during a stellar collegiate career. She is a member of ETSU's 1,000-point club. A Culpeper, Va., native, Allen captained the Culpeper Senior High School girls basketball team to the Virginia AA State title. She earned All-Virginia and high school all-America honors. Active in charity and community events, she is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.