February 7, 2017
Indiana State University Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced Tuesday (Feb. 7) that Lindsay Allman has been named head coach of the Indiana State volleyball program. Allman comes to Terre Haute after a season as an assistant at Wake Forest.
"I am proud to announce that Lindsay Allman will be leading the Sycamore Volleyball program. Lindsay is an outstanding communicator, dedicated to the full student-athlete experience. She will build a championship culture on and off the floor," Clinkscales said. "Lindsay embraces the challenge of competing in the rugged Missouri Valley Conference and to earn the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament. She will be involved in this community and will grow the ISU Volleyball footprint across the Midwest."
At Wake Forest, Allman coached two players named to the All-ACC Freshmen Team in outside hitter Caroline Rassenfoss and middle blocker Caitlyn Della. It marked the first time a Demon Deacon had earned an all-conference honor since the 2014 season.
"I am honored to coach at a university that feels like home. I have been a fan of Indiana State for a long time and I could not be more excited to get started. I want to thank President Dr. Daniel Bradley, Athletic Director Sherard Clinkscales and Senior Associate Athletics Director Angie Lansing for this incredible opportunity," Allman said. "I also would like to thank Wake Forest University for their on-going support, my mentors who have helped get me here and the many student-athletes I have had the privilege to work with over the years. Together with this amazing community, student-athletes, coaches, alumni and fans, I have no doubt we will build a winning program and I am humbled to be a part of it."
Along with coaching and recruiting responsibilities with the Demon Deacons, Allman also oversaw all camps as well as renovations to Reynolds Gymnasium, the home court of Wake Forest Volleyball.
"I am excited to work with Lindsay and feel that she brings all characteristics of a great head coach to Indiana State. She is well known for her recruiting with strong ties to the Midwest and highly respected in many ways," said Senior Associate Athletics Director, Angie Lansing. "I believe she will be a great leader and mentor to the student-athletes on our team and for the future of our volleyball program.
Allman is no stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference as she spent three seasons at Bradley as the team's recruiting coordinator. The 2013 season highlighted her time with Bradley as the team finished the season with 13 overall wins and seven conference wins, its most since 2005. The Braves also made their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance in eight years and had its first all-conference selection since 2006 in Amy Angelos.
In Allman's first season, Bradley posted three road wins, matching the team's road win total from the previous four seasons combined.
Prior to her time with the Braves, Allman had been a member of the Southern Miss staff for three seasons. In that time, she helped the Golden Eagles to a 63-32 overall record and the 2009 Conference USA regular-season championship.
In two seasons as a graduate assistant and one year as a full-time assistant in Hattiesburg, Miss., Allman's on-court responsibilities included team serve, serve receive, passing, ball control and outside hitters. She also was in charge of video, scouting, travel, recruiting and fundraising in her final season with the Golden Eagles season after assisting with those areas as a graduate assistant in the two previous seasons.
A native of St. Louis, Mo., Allman graduated from Rockwood Summit High School. An all-district honoree as a high school player, she continued her career at Maine, where she racked up more than 1,000-career kills and 1,000-career digs as a four-year starter. She was the Black Bears' team captain in 2008, when she went on to earn First Team All-America East Conference honors. Allman was also named to the America East Honor Roll in 2007 and 2008 in recognition of her success in the classroom.
Allman graduated from Maine in 2009 with her bachelor's degree in mass communication and minors in public relations and child development. She went on to earn her master's degree in social work from Southern Miss in 2011.
Allman is no stranger to Sycamore Athletics as her father, John Allman, a 1980 graduate of Indiana State was a decorated football star with the Sycamores. He was a three time All-MVC selection from 1978-1980 as a defensive back with 13 career interceptions, including a school record three picks in one game. The four-year letterwinner went on to sign with the Saint Louis Cardinals in 1981.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT LINDSAY ALLMAN
Bill Ferguson - Head Volleyball Coach - Wake Forest
"Indiana State is getting a good one in Lindsay Allman. In a short time at Wake Forest she had an extremely positive impact on the program and was a tremendous asset to our coaching staff. Lindsay is sharp, professional, motivated and passionate in her methods for coaching and competing at a high level. Her previous knowledge and experience in the Missouri Valley Conference will serve the student-athletes and the program well. The future is bright for Indiana State. I'll be cheering for her and the Sycamore volleyball program."
Barbara Walker - Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator - Wake Forest
"Lindsay is a tremendous young woman who is a rising star in our profession. She has all of the skills to be a very successful coach at the Division I level. Lindsay made her mark on Wake Forest and while we will miss having her on staff. We all wish her the very best."
Anne Kordes - Former Louisville Head Coach & Past President of the American Volleyball Coaches Association
"I am really excited for Lindsay Allman and Indiana State because I thinks it is such a great fit on both ends. Lindsay is aggressive and competitive, but she is also a players' coach. Players love her and will gravitate to her style of coaching. Indiana State has made it clear they want to make an impact in the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference and become a program that competes in the NCAA tournament. Knowing Lindsay I believe she is prepared for the recruiting, player development, community building, developing relationships with the high school and clubs in the region, and leadership it will take to make such large strides. I am excited to see what happens at Indiana State over the next five years."
LINDSAY ALLMAN COACHING CAREER YEAR-BY-YEAR
2009-11 - Graduate Assistant, University of Southern Mississippi2011-11 - Assistant Coach, University of Southern Mississippi2012-15 - Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Bradley University2016-17 - Assistant Coach/Interim Head Coach, Wake Forest University2017-Present - Head Coach, Indiana State University
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Allman comes to Terre Haute after a season as an assistant at Wake Forest.