Todd Allen begins his second season as head coach at Cumberland University after leading the program to a 14th-place showing in the NAIA National Tournament in 2012-13.
A school-record three student-athletes earned All-America honors last season – Jake Williams, Zeke Hunt and Cody Linton – and Hunt earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades. The Bulldogs posted 11 dual match victories in 2012-13 as well, including wins over 20th-ranked Bacone College, No. 11 University of the Cumberlands and Shorter University.
Prior to joining Cumberland, Allen worked for a commercial contractor and was deployed with the U.S. Army as a Company Commander in support of military operations in the Middle East.
The Hodgenville, Ky., native served as a graduate assistant at Cumberland for two seasons, coaching three All-Americans (Jordan Powers, Corey Bleaken, Theo Dotson) and two NAIA Scholar-Athletes (Kyle Knox).
Allen was a two-time All-American at the University of the Cumberlands in 2005 and 2006, placing third as a junior and eighth as a senior. He was a member of Patriots squads that placed third as a team at the NAIA National Tournament in those same seasons. UC also finished second at the 2006 Cliff Keen National Duals.
He won a state championship and was state runner-up for coach Gary Canter at LaRue County High School in Hodgenville. Allen was a four-time state qualifier and three-time All-American, placing fourth in the state championships as a sophomore and posting a 35-6 record. He was the state runner-up as a junior, registering a 45-2 mark, and finished 45-0 with a state title as a senior. He also helped LCHS to a pair of state dual championships.
Allen earned his bachelors in Business Administration from the Cumberlands in 2006 and received his MBA from Cumberland University in 2008. He is an ANSI certified Crossfit Level I Certificate holder.
Allen is the married to the former Kristin Lee from Bowling Green, Ky., and the couple has two children – Leeson and Emmerson.