Terren Allen, who begins her third season as the Eagles’ head softball coach in 2017 and continues to build one of the most respected softball programs in the New England Region.
Allen enters the season with a 43-37 (.538) overall record with one North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship, a NAC Regular Season title and a NCAA Championship Tournament Regional runner-up finish. Husson has reached the 20-victory plateau in one of Allen’s two years and posted 25 or more wins once.
Over Allen’s 2-year span, Husson has made one NCAA DIII Tournament appearance in 2015. In the Norton, Mass. Regional, the Eagles were seeded as the #2 seed, winning two games, which were the first time Husson won two games in the NCAA Tournament in program history en-route to reaching the program’s first ever regional championship game.
In yet another testament to the program’s winning ways, Husson has notched at least 25 victories in the eight of the past 13 seasons since the Eagles joined the NCAA in 2004.
The 13th head coach in the Eagles’ 52-year history, Allen was promoted as the program’s full-time head coach in May of 2015 after serving as the interim head coach during the 2015 season.
Allen’s first season (2015) will go down as one of the most memorable and historical seasons in Husson Softball history. The Eagles posted a 28-12 record, including an 10-2 mark in NAC play, capturing the program’s eighth straight NAC regular-season title and seventh consecutive NAC Championship and berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. The 28 wins also marked the eighth straight season that Husson reached the 25-win plateau.
In a opening game of the conference tournament on May 1st, the Green and Gold picked up a 3-1 victory over #3 Thomas College due in part to a three-run home run by tournament MVP Sami Cyr to advance to the final winners’ bracket game, where Husson mercy ruled #4 seeded New England College, 9-0, reaching the program’s seventh straight conference championship tournament title game. Husson topped the third seeded Terriers in walk-off fashion, 1-0, in the championship game to claim their seventh consecutive NAC Softball Championship and berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
While at the Norton Mass. Regional, hosted by Wheaton College, the Eagles won their opening game over #3 Eastern Connecticut State, 7-0, then fell to host and top-seed Lyons, 5-1, whom the Eagles defeated earlier in the season by a score of 9-3 in Florida in the final winners’ bracket game forcing Husson into an elimination game with Johnson & Wales University of Rhode Island College. The Eagles avoid elimination behind a complete game two-hit shutout performance by Kayla Merrill as Husson won 3-0 over the Wildcats to advance to the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament Regional title game. Unfortunately the Eagles fell to the Lyons, 13-2 in five innings ending the historical season.
Following the historical season, five players garnered All-NAC honors, Kayla Merrill, Lyndsay Merrill, Casey Lopes, Deb Colpitts and Nicole Andrade, while K. Merrill was named NAC Player and Pitcher of the Year honors - becoming the first player in NAC history to win both awards in the same season and twice be named Player of the Year.
The 2016 campaign was a challenging one to say as she led the Eagles to a 15-25 record, including a 7-5 mark in NAC play, resulting in the program’s first losing season in ten years. Despite the losing record, Allen guided the Eagles back to the NAC Softball Championship Tournament for the 13th time in as many years as a league member.
As the #4 seed in the NAC Tournament, the Eagles suffered an opening round loss to #1 seed Castleton, 2-1, before bouncing back to defeat #3 seeded New England College, 3-0 to stave off elimination. Unfortunately the Eagles were eliminated by #2 seed Thomas (Maine), 6-1, ending Husson’s chances of winning their eighth consecutive NAC Softball Championship.
The 2016 team featured two players who earned All-NAC honors, Lyndsay Merrill and Sami Cyr, while L. Merrill being tabbed as the first NAC softball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year. L. Merrill also became the first Eagle in program history to earn College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District honors.
Allen was the general manager and director of softball at Sluggers in Brewer, Maine from 2012-15. She also coached the Under-18 Maine Sluggers travel team and instructed individuals in pitching, hitting, catching, and fielding during her time at Sluggers.
Allen was a four-year letterwinner as an infielder for the University of Maine from 2008-11. She batted .323 in 204 career games with 207 hits, 35 homers, 43 doubles, one triple, 167 RBIs, 70 walks, 21 stolen bases, 357 total bases and a .558 slugging percentage.
The three-time America East All-Conference selection holds the Black Bears single-season records for most home runs by a freshman (9), most RBIs (53), and is UMaine’s all-time career leader in home runs doubles and games played.
Off the field, Allen was named to the America East All-Academic Team all four seasons.
Allen earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Maine in 2011.
After graduating, Allen served as a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Maine, in 2011 and 2013-14, and worked with the outfielders and hitters.
In addition to her coaching duties, Allen also serves as Husson’s Director of NCAA Compliance.
A native of Bucksport, Maine, Allen attended Bucksport High School and was named Class B Softball Player and Pitcher of the Year in 2006 and 2007. She and her husband, Jeremy, reside in Hudson, Maine with their son, Ethan.