Sean Allen, one of the premiere assistant baseball coaches in the country, enters his second year as an assistant coach at Tulane after helping the Green Wave reach the NCAA Regionals for the first time since 2008 in his first year.
As the hitting and infielders coach, Allen played a crucial role in Tulane’s return to prominence. The Green Wave turned 61 double plays on the season, ranking ninth in the NCAA. At the plate, Tulane belted 29 home runs - nine more than the two previous years combined - while also executing small ball to near pefection, as the program ranked third in the highly-competitive American Athletic Conference in sacrifice bunts with 49.
Individually, Allen tutored Stephen Alemais, an American Athletic Conference All-Second Team Selection in 2015. Alemais was fourth in The American in hits with 78. Jake Rogers ranked fifth in the conference in sacrifice flies with six.
Allen has a plethora of coaching experience, having made stops at both FIU and at his alma mater, Houston, prior to serving as an assistant coach at Sam Houston State for three years.
Allen joined the SHSU staff as assistant coach in August 2011, playing a major role in directing the Bearkats to three consecutive Southland Conference regular season championships while also making three straight NCAA Regional appearances.
The 2014 Bearkats went 43-19 while earning a berth into the NCAA Fort Worth Regional. The 43 wins were the second-most in a single-season in Bearkats history since joining the Division I ranks in 1987. The Bearkats opened Regional play with a 2-1 victory over Dallas Baptist before falling to TCU in the second-longest NCAA postseason game in NCAA history: a 22-inning, 3-2 loss. The Bearkats bounced back with a 9-2 win over Siena to play for a regional championship on June 1, falling to TCU by a score of 6-1.
The 2013 squad won 14-of-15 games down the stretch to clinch the Southland title and solidify their status as an at-large candidate. The league championship and strong non-conference schedule earned the Bearkats a second consecutive No. 3 seed, this time at the Baton Rouge, La. NCAA Regional. In regional play, the Bearkats beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-2, for the first opening round win since beating No. 1 Miami in Austin in 1996. The Kats fell 8-5 to LSU in front of the largest crowd (10,752) in the history of Alex Box Stadium before ULL eliminated SHSU with a 7-5 win.
During the 2012 season, Sam Houston tied the league record for most Southland wins (24) to take the regular season title by four games. For the first time in their 12 trips to the Southland post-season tournament, the Kats were the No. 1 seed.
Sam Houston State rolled up a 40-22 overall record, only the third time in the Bearkats' 26 seasons at the NCAA Division I level for the squad to compile 40 or more victories. At the Houston NCAA Regional, Sam Houston defeated No. 1 seed Rice and reached the finals against World Series participant Arkansas to equal the program's best NCAA post-season performance ever. For the first time in program history, the Bearkats earned national rankings in each of the major college baseball polls, climbing as high as No. 20 in one poll.
During his time as an assistant at FIU, Allen helped the Panthers put together a 130-103-1 record over four years while also earning NCAA Division I Regional berths in 2010 and 2011.
Allen served as recruiting coordinator, pitching coach and infield coach at FIU, helping build a program that went from a 20-36 record his first year as an assistant in 2008 to a 40-20-1 mark his final season. FIU won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship in 2010 and participated in the NCAA Division I Regional in Coral Gables, Florida. In 2011 FIU earned an at-large NCAA berth and appeared in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, regional.
FIU was ranked as high as 20th in the national rankings. Allen coached the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year (Pablo Bermudez) and four All-Conference players.
From 2002-07 he was an assistant coach at the University of Houston. While at Houston, Allen worked with the Cougar infielders and as the hitting coach, helping lead the Cougars to NCAA Tournament berths in 2002, 2003 and 2006 while advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2002 and 2003.
Under Allen's direction, Houston ranked nationally in fielding percentage in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He also played a major role in the offensive development of consensus All-American and Major League pitcher, Brad Lincoln, who was named the National Player of the Year by four different entities in 2006.
In 2006, Allen's lineup hit 71 home runs -- the fifth-highest total in UH single-season history -- with All-Conference USA first-team performer Matt Weston leading the way with 16 homers. The Cougars batted .314 and had a slugging percentage of .544 that season.
Allen began his coaching career as a student assistant in 2002, working with the UH infield and serving as the team's first base coach.
A four-year letterman with the Cougars from 1998-2001, Allen ended his playing career as UH's all-time leader with 542 assists. In addition, his 192 assists in 2000 was the second-highest total in UH single-season history. During his playing days, the Cougars competed in an NCAA Super Regional and advanced to NCAA postseason play in three consecutive seasons.
A 1998 graduate of Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, N.M., Allen was a three-time All-District 4-4A honoree and helped the team to four-straight state semifinal and a state championship in 1996. He was honored as the league's Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior.
Allen earned his bachelor's degree in sports administration from the University of Houston in 2001. He is married to the former Stephanie Beyelia, a former soccer standout at Houston.