Allison to Retire as Roanoke Men's Soccer Head Coach
Will Maintain Role as Maroons' Director of Athletics
Allison '79 has announced that he
will retire as men's soccer coach at Roanoke College at the
conclusion of the 2012 season. A national search for the next
men's soccer head coach will begin in November headed by Allison,
who will remain on staff as the college's director of athletics, a
position he has held since 1989.
The final home men's soccer match of the regular season will be held at Kerr Stadium Tuesday at 7 p.m. vs. Emory & Henry. With a win, the Maroons will clinch the regular season conference championship and will earn home field advantage throughout the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. The ODAC Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal round matches on Saturday, Oct. 27.
“I will always cherish the special relationships that Roanoke College Soccer afforded me,” Allison said. “The guys that chose to attend Roanoke College and play college soccer for me have enriched my life. Any success we've had at Roanoke, I credit them - I enjoyed being along for the ride. I appreciate my coaching colleagues as well. They helped make the coaching profession enjoyable. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to coach at Roanoke College.”
A former two-sport athlete at Roanoke College, Allison has guided the men's soccer program for 27 years. The team's 305 match victories give Allison the most wins in the 66-year history of the sport at Roanoke.
Allison's 158 conference wins are the most in the 37-year history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). He is one of only 36 coaches in NCAA Division III men's soccer history with 300 wins, and ranks 22nd amongst active NCAA Division III coaches.
“Scott's accomplishments as a soccer coach and athletic director are legendary at Roanoke, in ODAC, and in the NCAA,” stated Roanoke College President, Mike Maxey. “I am grateful for his influence on the student athletes that he has coached and mentored. He has taught them to be better athletes and better men. His contributions are incredible.”
Allison came back to his alma mater in the summer of 1986 after serving as a soccer and lacrosse coach at Ivy League member Dartmouth College (1983-86). The 1991 Roanoke College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee also held stints at the Naval Academy (1981-83) and Salisbury University (1979-81). He was a starter on the Maroons 1978 men's lacrosse national championship team.
Allison will continue to lead Roanoke's athletics department as athletic director. His resume is impressive on the administrative side as well. In 2002, Allison was named the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Division III Southeast Region AD of the Year. The Maroons had the second best winning percentage of small colleges in Virginia, including the best of any private institution in the commonwealth in 2000-01.
“We will miss his coaching but are thrilled about his impending works as full-time athletic director,” said Maxey. “The College and all of our athletic programs will benefit from his commitment as AD for the Maroons.”
Since becoming Roanoke's athletics director in the fall of 1989, the Maroons' athletic teams have enjoyed remarkable success. The Maroons have made 66 trips to the NCAA postseason and have claimed 62 ODAC crowns.
“This is a major step forward for Roanoke College Athletics,” Roanoke College Vice President of Student Affairs, Gene Zdziarski said. “We are excited to have Scott's leadership and significant years of experience in this important role.”
Allison, also the 1979 Roanoke College Male Athlete of the Year, has accumulated over 60 percent of the men's soccer match victories. His teams have won seven of the eight ODAC Championships (1988, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007) and have appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times (1993, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007). He also led the Maroons to nine regular season conference championships. With a win on Tuesday, he can make it to No. 10.
Allison, an NSCAA All-South Region player for the Maroons, was voted ODAC Coach of the Year on six occasions (1988, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008), VaSID State College Division Coach of the Year four times (1993, 2001, 2002, 2004) and named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 1993.
Throughout his career, Allison has been able to get the most out of his players. He has produced six NSCAA All-Americans, six ODAC Players of the Year and four ODAC Rookies of the Year. A win Tuesday would give him his sixth-straight 10-win season and the 19th in his career at Roanoke.
The 1993 team was Allison's best season with the Maroons. The team set school records in wins (20), best record (20-4), best finish in the post-season and had a NSCAA National Player of the Year in Dustin Fonder '94. The team was a national quarterfinalist, falling to the eventual national champion University of California, San Diego in four overtimes.
--- This release
is courtesy of the Roanoke College sports information department.