Franklin College director of athletics Kerry Prather has announced the appointment of Cristin Allen as the school's women's soccer head coach, effective July 5, 2017.
A 2002 graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., Allen joins Franklin from DePauw University, where she served as an assistant coach.
"I am both elated and humbled to be a part of Franklin College Athletics and am grateful to Coach Prather and the other members of the committee for entrusting me to lead the women's soccer program," Allen said. "In meeting with various coaches, staff and players at Franklin College, there was an overwhelming sense of family, and that is what most drew me in, and I am eager to meet the rest of the coaches and women's soccer players."
Prior to her coaching position at DePauw, Allen was an assistant women's coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Vanderbilt University from 2005 to 2010. She also served as an assistant coach at Goucher College (2004-05) in Towson, Md., and at Saint Cecilia Academy (2002-04) in Nashville, Tenn.
An accomplished club and travel coach, Allen was named "Tennessee Competitive Coach of the Year" in 2009 and was voted "Brentwood Soccer Coach of the Year" the same season. She also has coaching experience in the Olympic Development Program.
Allen was also a standout college player at Belmont, where she was a team captain her senior year and was named First Team All-Conference. The most decorated player in the history of Belmont's women's soccer program, she was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
"From an outstanding pool of candidates, Cristin rose to the top based on her impressive competitive career as well as her extensive experience in collegiate and club coaching," Prather said. "I am confident she is the right person to lead our outstanding program to its next level of success."
Allen looks forward to getting started.
"Our vision for the women's soccer program is to create a culture of strong, selfless leadership, where the foundation of our program will be to compete with an unparalleled enthusiasm," she said. "We will focus on the details and challenge each other to become better players and, in turn, better people in the process. As individuals, the expectation is that we will be role models in our community and represent Franklin College with pride, and I cannot wait to begin this journey with our team."