Roy Allen enters his first year as Director of Athletics after he took over as Interim Director of Athletics in May 2017. He was the Sports Information Director for Seward County for 9 years before becoming the Director of Athletics. For the Saints, Allen is responsible for promoting, marketing, administering statistics, and managing media/public relations for all nine SCCC varsity athletic programs (men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, cheerleading, and dance). Allen also serves as the webmaster for the SCCC athletics website (www.SewardSaints.com) and is the chairman for the Saints Booster Club Membership Drive. He is responsible for maintaining the athletics website, all athletic department press releases, statistics, photographs, six annual media guide publications, promotional posters, game notes, home game programs, and media guide credentials of personnel covering all Saints and Lady Saints athletic events. In 2011 Allen implemented live video streaming of all Seward County home events for supporters of the programs to enjoy at home and in it's first year, Saints and Lady Saints games were watched by nearly 10,000 unique viewers from around the globe. He often works alongside award winning broadcaster Brock Kapplemann during Saints and Lady Saints radio broadcasts and has worked as the play-by-play man for Seward basketball, baseball, and softball games.
An active member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), Allen has served the past three years on the publication awards committee as well as voting on a number of different regional and national awards that the group gives out. In 2014 he became the first ever President of the 2YSIDA (Two-Year Sports Information Directors of America) and he also serves on CDMAC (College Division Management Advisory Committee).
Allen has been a key part of the Jayhawk Conference's change towards a uniform Player of the Week system. He currently serves as the chair for the Volleyball, Softball, and Men's Basketball committes and also serves on the Baseball, Football, and Soccer committees.
Last season Allen helped promote a pair of All-American's and saw two teams earn their best finishes in school history at the NJCAA National Tournament. Four of the seven Seward squads found a home inside the NJCAA Top 25 polls during the year including both tennis teams who were there wire to wire.
2013-2014 was another banner year for Seward County Athletics as Allen watched the schools first tennis National Championship, a school record for wins in a season (women's tennis), as well as an all-time coaching wins record fall (volleyball). Along with those achievements, Allen helped promote four NJCAA All-Americans, 24 All-Conference athletes, and 26 Jayhawk Conference Players of the Week. Saints and Lady Saints teams were ranked in 18 different NJCAA polls including the women's basketball team being ranked in all 12 weeks of their season.
In 2012-2013 Allen helped bring a number of firsts to the Seward County Athletics Department. His Baseball Media Guide was ranked second in the nation by CoSIDA, marking the first time a Seward guide had achieved national recognition. He also helped promote a pair of student-athletes (Johnny Griffith & Stephanie Mark) to Capital One Academic All-American awards, again, the first time in school history that the Saints had placed a student-athlete on the list. Both Griffith and Mark were the only junior college student-athletes in the country to receive the awards.
Allen watched in the winter of 2012 and the spring of 2013 as Kaheem Ransom put together a banner year on the Greenhouse floor. Allen helped promote Ransom to an NJCAA All-American award, marking the third straight year that a Seward Men's Basketball player had done so, another first in the history of Seward County.
Also in 2012-2013 Allen helped promote 26 Seward County athletes who were named KJCCC Players of the Week, the third straight year in which the Saints had more conference players of the week than any other school in the league. 21 players were named All-Conference last season under Allen's watch and 18 were selected to the All-Region team.
In his 4th season Allen watched as three teams reached the NJCAA National Tournament and all seven finished in the top three in the Jayhawk West standings. 19 Seward athletes were named All-Conference and 15 were named All-Region VI under Allen's promotion. Five All-American awards went to Saints in 2011-12 and all but one team received a top 20 NJCAA ranking and 4 reached the top 10.
2010-2011 was another strong one for the Saints and Lady Saints as Allen watched 6 teams play in the Region VI Championship game and 3 teams advance to the NJCAA National Tournament. Allen helped promote 18 players that were named All-Conference, 15 that were named All-Region, 27 that were named KJCCC Players of the Week, including 6 that were named the NJCAA National Player of the Week. Throughout the course of the year, 6 of the 7 SCCC athletic teams were also ranked in the NJCAA top 20, including 4 in the top 10.
In 2009-2010, Allen got the fortune of watching one of the finer all around years in Saints Athletics history. Seward County had 6 of its 7 teams either win the Jayhawk Conference or reach the NJCAA National Tournament. He helped promote 20 All-Region selections, 26 All-Conference selections, 33 4-year transfers, 35 KJCCC/NJCAA Players of the Week, and 3 All-Americans. Also for the second straight season, all seven Saints and Lady Saints teams were ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 at some point during the season.
In his first year at Seward County in 2008-09, Allen promoted 18 All-Region selections, 20 All-Conference selections, 15 Division 1 signees, 16 KJCCC/NJCAA Players of the Week, and 3 All-Americans. Also in his first year, all seven Seward County athletic teams were ranked in the NJCAA Top 25 during their respective seasons.
In eight years at Seward County he has now helped promote 175 All-Conference athletes, 130 All-Region performers, 195 KJCCC Player of the Week's, 35 NJCAA National Player of the Week's, and 25 All-American's.
As a student-athlete, Allen made three stops during his collegiate playing career. As a freshman he played for fellow Jayhawk Conference member Colby. As a sophomore he transferred to Lamar where he helped the Lopes to a 50-12 record and a 35-1 record during an Empire Conference Championship season. He then transferred to the University of Northern Colorado where he pitched two season for the Bears. He helped UNC to two straight Division I Independent Championships and was on the mound in his final collegiate game as the Bears defeated North Dakota State to capture the title in 2006. Northern Colorado defeated #2 Nebraska, #7 Arkansas, #19 Wichita State, and #24 Kansas during Allen's stint in Greeley. Allen finished his senior season at UNC with the lowest ERA at the school since the 1986 season.
Following his playing career, Allen joined the coaching ranks at his alma mater. He helped guide the Bears in 2006-2007 and was a member of the Colorado Sox summer baseball coaching staff in 2007 and then again in 2009. In 2009 Allen coaches six former Saints to an 11th place finish at the NBC World Series. Upon completion of his Sox season, Allen joined the Liberal BeeJays coaching staff and was a part of their 3rd place National finish. During his three seasons of coaching, Allen has coached 13 players that have signed professional baseball contracts. He currently works as the Director of Baseball Operations for the BeeJays, assembling a team finished just two wins short of a National Championship in 2015.
Originally from Lakewood, Colorado, Allen graduated from Lamar Community College earning an Associate’s Degree before moving on and graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Colorado, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and minors in Communications and Economics. He is currently an active member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Kansas and is a proud Big Brother to Max. He and his wife Thais, who is the head volleyball coach for the Lady Saints, were married June 23, 2012.