CJ Allard was named an assistant coach for the UNCG volleyball program in May of 2015. Allard arrives in Greensboro having graduated from Ball State University where he worked alongside Carlin. With the Spartans, Allard works primarily with the defensive unit, as well as the outside hitters and recently took over the in-game serving strategy. Allard also assists with camp coordination, manages all video analysis and exchange and assists in the day-to-day operations of the volleyball program.
In 2016, Allard and the Spartans earned an 18-13 record, going 11-5 in Southern Conference play. The 11-5 record was good for the program's highest seed headed into the SoCon Tournament. Specifically, Allard worked with the Spartans defensive and outside hitters. There he helped UNCG earn four All-Southern Conference honors as well as helping the Spartans repeat as the SoCon Libero of the Year. Allard worked with Christina Gregory, who earned the Libero of the Year award, as well as setting a school record with 5.25 digs per set. That average ranked 13th in the country and the Spartan defense was 7th in the country with 17.82 digs per set. Allard and his defenders ranked in the top ten in the nation in team digs (2,156) and team attacks per set (38.45). He helped tutor Ashley Muench to her third All-SoCon honor, earning first team All-SoCon honors. Muench finished the season with 429 kills, averaging 3.86 kills per set and uppped that average to 4.03, leading the team. He also notched a SoCon Defensive Player of the Week award while earning 283 digs during the season, and 2.55 per set.
In his first season, Allard helped three Spartans earn All Southern Conference honors. Under Allard's tutelage, Katherine Santiago earned the SoCon's Libero of the Year award, as well as helping Ashley Muench earn First Team honors and Jessica Brezwyn picking up Second Team honors.
He served as the Ball State women's volleyball team's manager for four seasons and was in charge of the daily setup of team practices as well as initiating drills. Allard also worked extensively with the DataVolley program in order to break down film. “We are very excited to have CJ join our volleyball staff at UNCG,” Carlin said. “Having worked directly with him in the past, our familiarity with each other and his knowledge of how we approach skill development will allow him to hit the ground running from day one. He understands and has personal experience using the same training techniques we use so he'll be ready to contribute in the gym right away. There are several ways that CJ will enhance our staff. He brings a great enthusiasm along with a professional demeanor and he also has experience with the video editing and statistical software we use, which is a huge plus. I am confident that CJ will be a major asset in helping this program reach our goal of winning the SoCon championship.”
Allard finished a stint as an assistant with the Roncalli High School (Ind.) boy's volleyball team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state of Indiana, finishing with a 29-5 record, falling in a five-set match in the state championship. He was also the head coach of the boy's 18-2 Munciana club team in 2013-14. In addition to his on court experience, Allard has put in extensive time as a volleyball broadcaster.
His award-winning career has included a position as the Ball State men's volleyball play-by-play announcer and host of a weekly talk show with head coach Joel Walton, former coach Dr. Don Shondell and various players throughout the season. Allard was named the National Collegiate Reporter of the Year in 2013 and was tabbed the play-by-play broadcaster of the year by Off the Block – a website specializing in coverage of men's collegiate volleyball. He was part of the same publication's broadcasting team of the year both in 2012 and 2013 as well as Ball State radio station WCRD's Freshman of the Year.
“I want to thank Corey Carlin, Morgan Salow, Stacy Kosciak and Kim Record for bringing me into the UNCG volleyball fold,” Allard said. “While many would hesitate to hire a young male straight out of college, I appreciate that the hierarchy at UNCG is dedicated to keeping a strong tradition of great volleyball and seeing me as a part of their vision. I have a great working relationship with Coach Carlin from our days at Ball State and Coach Salow is a young, energetic coach like me who will work tirelessly to strive for our student athletes to succeed in the classroom, community and on the court. Through the interview process, I saw from the team, coaches and athletic staff that success is a must and failure is not an option. This is a vision and mindset that works perfectly with my desire to win in life and on the court. I couldn't be happier to be a part of the UNCG volleyball tradition. Go Spartans!”
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