Spencer Allen Named Northwestern Head Baseball Coach
CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois Assistant Baseball Coach Spencer Allen has been named the new head coach at Northwestern.
"To be named the head baseball coach and join the Northwestern University family is a tremendous honor and opportunity," said Allen in a press release Sunday. "The combination of a highly regarded athletic department and a prestigious academic institution was very appealing to me. My family and I are extremely excited for this new opportunity."
Allen joined the Illinois coaching staff last July, after longtime assistant Eric Snider left for Louisville. He helped Illinois win a program record fifty games this season.
"Throughout our exhaustive search process, Coach Allen's name came up continuously as one of the very best recruiters and top teachers of the game nationwide," said Northwestern AD Jim Phillips. "Amongst those in the college baseball community, he is widely considered to be one of the brightest young coaches in the game anywhere in the country."
Allen becomes the 26th head coach in Northwestern baseball history. He succeeds Paul Stevens, who retired last month after 31 years at the helm.