Eddie Allen has been named special teams coordinator for the UConn football team as announced by head coach Randy Edsall on Monday afternoon. Allen joins Edsall’s coaching staff after serving as the special teams coordinator for the University of Delaware since 2014.
“Eddie’s aggressive approach to special teams was exactly what I was looking for in our special teams coordinator,” Edsall said. “His teams have shown the ability to block kicks and be very fundamentally sound in the core four units involving special teams. He has delivered very good results as a special teams coordinator in all the places he has worked.”
2017 saw Delaware tie for the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association with a net punting average of 38.8 yards.
In 2016, Delaware ranked No. 4 in the CAA in kickoff returns (21.5 yards per return) and kickoff coverage (39.1 net average), was No. 6 in net punting (37.0), and did not have a punt blocked while blocking four kicks on the season.
During his time with the Blue Hens, Allen coached two-time All-CAA punter Eric Enderson, who earned third team All-America status during the 2014 season. Additionally, Allen coached punter Nick Pritchard to a spot on the All-CAA Third Team during the 2017 season.
“I am extremely excited to join Coach Edsall’s staff,” Allen said. “Being from the Northeast, I have followed the program closely through the years and I am looking forward to getting around our players and doing my part in the future of success of the program.”
During his first two seasons at Delaware, Allen was also responsible for coaching the tight ends and helped develop All-American Nick Boyle at that position. Boyle was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Allen enjoyed great success during a six-year stint at the University of Rhode Island from 2008-13. During his tenure as a member of former head coach Joe Trainer’s staff, he helped the Rams lead the CAA in fewest blocked kicks allowed and ranked No. 2 in kickoff return average (22.3) during the 2013 campaign. Rhode Island also ranked No. 3 in the CAA in kickoff returns (20.9) and allowed the second fewest return yards in the league during the 2012 season.
In 2011, Rhode Island averaged 21.5 yards per kick return while allowing an average of just 18.9 yards per return. In 2010, under the direction of Allen, URI ranked in the CAA's top five in four special teams categories and held the league's top kickoff return average (23.8).
Among the highlights was a blocked punt that was returned for the game-winning score over 2009 defending champion Villanova. In 2009, Rhode Island punter Tim Edger led the CAA in punting with a 41.5-yard average, and in 2008, the Rams blocked nine kicks on the season.
Prior to arriving at Rhode Island, Allen spent three seasons as a member of Greg Schiano's coaching staff at Rutgers. He joined the Scarlet Knights' football program in 2005 as a player development assistant and worked as a graduate assistant in 2007.
Allen began his collegiate coaching career as the offensive graduate assistant and video coordinator at Hofstra University in 2003. The following season, Allen moved on to Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan., where he served as wide receivers coach.
A native of Somerville, N.J., Allen graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven in 2003. He was a four-year letterwinner at quarterback for the Chargers.
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