Eddie Allen, who previously served as special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Rhode Island for six years, was named special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at the University of Delaware in March, 2014.
Beginning in 2016, Allen's duties will be as special teams coordinator only as longtime assistant Brian Ginn will take over as tight ends coach.
“We are very excited to add Eddie to our staff,” said Delaware head coach Dave Brock in making the announcement. “His excellence in the area of special teams will guarantee that we continue creating an environment where special teams play will be a weapon.”
He enjoyed an outstanding first season at UD in 2014 and played a key role in the development of a standout special teams unit and mentored All-American tight end and Baltimore Ravens draft pick Nick Boyle and All-American punter Eric Enderson. Delaware led the Colonial Athletic Association and ranked No. 7 in NCAA FCS in both net punting (38.5) and kickoff coverage (16.8).
During his second season in 2015, Enderson once again ranked among the nations' top punters and Delaware ranked in the top four in the CAA in net punting, kickoff returns, and punt return defense. Delaware had two blocked kicks and did not allow a punt to be blocked all season.
Allen enjoyed great 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.
|Position:||Special Teams Coordinator|
|Other Position:||Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
|Alma Mater:||New Haven|