In just one 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 recently 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, 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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