Eddie Allen, who served as special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Rhode Island for the last six years, was named special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Delaware in March, 2014.
Allen replaced Devin Fitzsimmons, who left to take a coaching position with the National Football League’s Detroit Lions following the 2013 season.
“We are very excited to add Eddie to our staff,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock, who led Delaware to a 7-5 record and national Top 25 rankings during his first season at the helm in 2013. “His excellence in the area of special teams will guarantee that we continue creating an environment where special teams play will be a weapon.”
Delaware thrived on special teams in 2013. As a unit, the Blue Hens led the nation in fewest blocked punts allowed (0), ranked No. 2 in net punting (41.47), No. 9 in blocked kicks (6), and No. 20 in punt returns (6.1). Delaware led the CAA in each of those categories.
Allen enjoyed outstanding success at Rhode Island during his tenure as a member of former head coach Joe Trainer’s staff, including last season when the Rams led the CAA in fewest blocked kicks allowed and ranked No. 2 in kickoff return average (22.3). 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 campaign.
"I am extremely excited to join Coach Brock's staff at the University of Delaware,” said Allen. “During my time at URI, I have developed a great level of respect for the program and its amazing history. Delaware football is one of the top programs in the FCS and I look forward to working with Coach Brock and his staff to bring championships back to Newark."
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.
He and his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Makayla, reside in the Newark area.