ST. LOUIS Chris Allen, who served as a volunteer assistant for the 2016 Saint Louis University women's soccer team, has been named assistant coach for the Billikens.

“I am thrilled to have Chris Allen join our staff as a full-time assistant coach,” head coach Katie Shields said. “We've already had the privilege of working with Chris this past year, so we know his exceptional qualities on and off the field. His positivity and passion for Saint Louis University, our program and our student-athletes made him the obvious choice for this position.

“Since his arrival at SLU, Chris has been relentless in finding ways to improve and grow every facet of our program,” Shields said. “I look forward to having him on board full time as we continue to educate our student-athletes, compete for and win championships on the field, and grow our presence in the community.”

“I feel incredibly blessed and am so grateful to be given this opportunity,” Allen said. “After spending last year as a volunteer assistant, I have grown to appreciate just how special SLU and the Billiken women's soccer program are. To be able to join the Billiken family in a full-time capacity is a dream come true.

“I would like to thank the SLU athletics administration, the women's soccer coaching staff and, in particular, Katie Shields for making me feel so welcome and allowing me to be a part of this special place,” Allen said. “I can't wait to get back on the field this fall and chase an Atlantic 10 championship.”

In nine seasons as girls' soccer head coach at Webster Groves High School, Allen transformed the Statesmen into a perennial power. During his tenure, Webster Groves achieved a No. 4 national ranking and finished third in the Missouri Class 3 state tournament in 2015, enjoyed six 20-win seasons, won numerous conference and tournament titles, and produced more than 30 collegiate players. Allen tallied a 164-71-5 record at the helm.

Allen twice was tabbed Missouri Class 3 Region Coach of the Year and was selected to coach in the 2015 Missouri Athletic Club High School Soccer All-Star Game. He garnered five conference Coach of the Year awards.

Allen spent two seasons as boys' head coach at Gonzaga Prep and one season as girls' head coach at Mead High School, both located in Spokane, Washington. He served as an assistant coach of boys' teams at Webster Groves (six seasons), Rockwood Summit (two seasons) and Gonzaga Prep (two seasons). Allen was a girls' assistant coach at Webster Groves (one season) and Gonzaga Prep (two seasons).

Also the technical director of Four Rivers Futbol Club in Union, Missouri, Allen was a three-year starter at Kirkwood High School before playing one season at Calvin College, where he earned second-team All-Conference plaudits. He transferred to Truman State and graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science/sports management in 2002.