Women's Lacrosse Coaching Staff

Brett Allen

Head Coach

Email: ballen@bates.edu | Phone: 207-786-8389

  • 2016 NESCAC Coach of the Year

In 2016, head coach Brett Allen led the Bates women's lacrosse team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 as the Bobcats finished the season with a record of 12-6, the second most wins in program history. He also led them to their first-ever victory in the NESCAC Tournament, a 9-3 win at Colby in the quarterfinals.

Allen was appointed as the head women’s lacrosse coach in 2006 after serving as the team’s assistant coach during the 2005 season and earning appointment as Bates’ head volleyball coach in the summer of 2004. No longer coaching volleyball, Brett is directly involved in the women’s lacrosse team’s recruiting efforts as well as implementing practice plans and developing and adjusting team strategy throughout the season.

A 1996 graduate of St. Lawrence University, Brett has a master’s degree in kinesiology with a focus in athletic administration/coaching from James Madison University. He is the co-founder of the Valley Vipers Volleyball Club in Virginia. Prior to coming to Bates, Brett was an assistant women’s lacrosse and volleyball coach at Washington and Lee University in Virginia for two years.

Brett currently serves as a Division III IWLCA Regional All-American Committee Chair and is on the NCAA Division III Championship Committee. He is also the Secretary and Awards Chair for the New England Women’s Volleyball Association.


Heidi Allen

Associate Head Coach

Email: hallen@bates.edu

Heidi Allen enters her ninth year with the Bates women’s lacrosse team in 2017-18 and her fifth as the program's associate head coach. Heidi comes to Bates from Middlebury College, where she served as assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach from 2007-2009.

Heidi graduated in the spring of 1999 from Middlebury, earning a degree in art history with a minor in sociology. She spent the next five years working at Sports Illustrated in New York, before coaching the UCLA women’s lacrosse team in 2005. Prior to coaching at Middlebury, Heidi spent two seasons as the head coach of the girls’ lacrosse team at her alma mater, Choate Rosemary Hall, while also assisting the field hockey team. While at Choate, Heidi also worked as an Assistant Director of Athletics and an Associate Director of Admissions.

At Middlebury, Heidi was a decorated athlete, earning three national All-American honors in both field hockey and lacrosse. She was a member of the school’s first and only NCAA Championship field hockey team in 1998, winning an ECAC title in 1997. Heidi holds school records for most goals and points in a career, earning NESCAC Player of the Year honors and being named the Division III Field Hockey Honda Award winner in 1998.

On the lacrosse field, she was a member of NCAA title teams in 1997 and 1999. She earned National Player of the Year honors in 1999, along with being named the NESCAC Player of the Year, ECAC Player of the Year and NCAA Tournament’s MVP.