Ed Allen steps down as Alabama's volleyball coach

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Ryan Freeburg will serve as the interim head coach as Crimson Tide has five remaining matches on regular-season schedule

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama announced that Ed Allen resigned at volleyball coach effective immediately.

Assistant coach Ryan Freeburg will serve as the interim head coach for the duration of the season.

“I have decided that it is in the best interest of Alabama volleyball for me to step down as head coach,” Allen said in a statement. “Coaching is something that I remain passionate about, however I do feel that this is the correct decision to make at this time. I am certainly proud of the things we were able to accomplish over the years, and I wish the program the best in the future.”

Alabama is 18-9 this season, 5-8 in SEC play after losing three straight matches. The Crimson Tide has five more to play in the regular season beginning with No. 11 Kentucky at home on Sunday.

Allen was in his eighth season with the Crimson Tide, and compiled a record of 152-101. The program made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Allen was named the Crimson Tide’s head coach on Jan. 10, 2011, after being named the 2010 Conference USA Coach of the Year and the 2010 AVCA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year at Tulsa.

He has career record of 646-284 in 27 seasons as a head coach with stops at Anderson (1992-2002), Presbyterian (2003-05), Tulsa (2006-10) and Alabama (2011-18).

“We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said in a release.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.