SRU Good News for April 15, 2009
SRU graduate enters Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame
Steve Allison, a 1978 Slippery Rock University graduate, will be inducted into the Greensboro College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Saturday as part of the college's Alumni Weekend events.
Allison is a former men's soccer and women's lacrosse coach at Greensboro.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Allison earned his bachelor of science at SRU in social studies and secondary education. He earned his master of science in coaching education at Alfred University.
At Greensboro, Allison is credited with galvanizing the college's reputation as a regional and national power in men's soccer through much of the 1990s and led The Pride to three DIAC championships and four runner-up finishes, earning NSCAA national rankings in six of his seven seasons at the helm. His winning percentage of .732 (87-29-9) ranks second all-time. His teams earned five NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the "Elite Eight" in 1996.
Allison served a dual role in soccer, taking over a three-year-old Pride women's program and leading them to 37 victories in three seasons. In 1993, he became the school's first-ever women's lacrosse coach, scratching out 12 wins in five seasons with the only NCAA III program in North Carolina.
Twice named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year (1992 and 1996) while garnering four DIAC Coach of the Year honors, he also received numerous honors in youth soccer and at Alfred University prior to joining Greensboro College.
Allison left Greensboro to become the first full-time director of coaching and eventually director of soccer with the Greensboro Youth Soccer Association where the club grew from eight select travel teams to 32. He later became director of coaching for the 3,000-member Austin, Texas, United Capital Soccer Club and has coached numerous championship youth teams and served on Olympic development staffs at the regional and national levels. At one time, Allison was an assistant coach for the Carolina Dynamo.
He and his wife, Mary Culkin Allison, make their home in Austin. The couple has two sons.
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