HEAD VOLLEYBALL COACH
Coach Allen enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the Lady Commodores Volleyball program.
The Lady Commodores finished their 2021 season record of 14-13. Two Lady Commodores earned DII FCSAA/NJCAA Gulf District All-Tournament Team honors and Two Lady Commodores earned All Sun-Lakes Conference honors.
During the 2020 season, Coach Allen's team finished their overall season 17-5. The Lady Commodores earned back-to-back Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Championships and punched their ticket for a return trip to the 2020 NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship. During the 2020 NJCAA DII National Championship, the Lady Commodores earned a 6th place finish.
In 2019, Allen lead his team to a record of 23-8 (0.742 winning %). The Lady Commodores finished their season as the Sun-Lakes Conference Champions, they also earned a spot in the 2019 NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship (first time in program history) with their win over St. Johns River during the 2019 Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Tournament. While playing in the 2019 NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship the Lady Commodores finished 10th. Allen had three players earn DII Sun-Lakes Conference All-Tournament Team. At the 2019 DII Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Championship two players earned All-Sun-Lakes Conference First-Team honors and one player earned Second-Team honors. Emma Richards was named DII Sun-Lakes Conference Most Outstanding Player and Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Player of the Year while Coach Allen earned Coach of the Year for the Conference and Gulf District Championship. Emma Richards also earned NJCAA Division II Volleyball National All Tournament Team and NJCAA Volleyball Second-Team All-American.
Scott Allen began his playing career when he joined the Air Force after high school playing volleyball as a way to release stress of military life. Coach Allen has an extensive playing and coaching background which gives him a unique perspective into the challenges that face student-athletes. Coach Allen was a member of the All Air Force Volleyball team from 2001 to 2004 and won Gold and a Silver Medal in the Armed Forces Tournament during his time on the team. In 2003 he was selected to represent the USA in the CISM Military World Games in Catania Italy.
Gulf Coast State College: 2018-Present
- Overall Coaching Record 60-39= 0.606 winning %
- 2019 Sun-Lakes Conference Coach of the Year
- 2019 Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Coach of the Year
- 2019 Sun-Lakes Conference Champions
- 2019 Sun-Lakes Conference Gulf District Champions
- 2019 NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship 10th place finish
- 2021 Sun-Lakes Conference Coach of the Year
- 2021 Kim Whitney Coach of the Year
- 2021 Sun-Lakes Conference Champions
- 2021 Sun-Lakes Gulf District Champions
- 2021 Gulf District Coach of the Year
- 2021 NJCAA Division II Volleyball National Championship 6th place finish
- 2021 AVCA Two-Year Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Choctaw High School: 2013-2017
- 84-32= 0.73 winning %
- Three-time Daily News Coach of the Year
- Florida Dairy Farmers 7A Coach of the Year in 2017
- During his time as Head Coach of the Choctaw Lady Indians, Coach Allen lead his team to a State Championship and the Elite 8 twice. He has coached 2 Division I and 2 Division II players.
Emerald Coast Volleyball:
- Co-Director & Master Coach
- Coach Allen’s teams have won over 100 tournaments in 5 years of Beach and Indoor competition.
- Emerald Coast Volleyball has won 4 Regional Championships, and placed 3rd, 5th, 9th and 9th at the AAU National Championship.
- During a five-year span, Coach Allen has coached four AAU All-Americans.
- 2001-2004 All Air Force Volleyball team: Gold and Silver medal in the Armed Forces Tournament
- 2003 selected to USA Team for the CISM Military World Games
Phone:850.769.1551 ext. 3362
Assistant Volleyball Coach
Coach Burris enters her third season with the Lady Commodores Volleyball Program.
Burris graduated from Bay High School. While at BHS, Burris played as a middle blocker for the Lady Tornadoes. She earned a Volleyball scholarship to Millsaps College.
After graduating from Millsaps College, Burris returned to her alma mater Bay High School to teach Latin and English Literature.
Burris is currently a coach for the Emerald Coast Volleyball Club. She also coached at Bay High for 3 years.
Her coaching style specializes in building positive team cultures.
Anna Merrill Goolsby
Assistant Volleyball Coach
Coach Goolsby enters her first season with the Lady Commodores Volleyball Program.
Goolsby graduated from Arnold High School where she played volleyball for 4 years, and earned a volleyball scholarship to Gulf Coast State College.
Goolsby was a member during 2019-20 at Gulf Coast. During that time The Lady Commodores finished their seasons as back-to-back Sun-Lakes Conference Champions then earned a 10th and 6th place finish at the NJCAA Division ll National Championship. Goolsby was named the NJCAA division ll Defensive player of the week, Sun-lakes Conference Defensive Player of the Week and earned Sun-lakes Conference Second Team honors.
Goolsby is currently going into her second season as a coach for Emerald Coast Volleyball Club.