"Chris will be a terrific asset to our program," Rodriguez said in a press release. "We've collaborated in the past and have the same goals. He knows how to get the players working together, and we'll have some strong, quick guys."
Allen and Rodriguez go back to West Virginia where Allen spent five seasons as a member of the West Virginia strength and conditioning program from 2003-07 and worked with the football, men's basketball, wrestling, track and crew teams.
A native of Jamaica, Allen received an academic and athletic scholarship to compete at West Virginia University, where he pursued a degree in accounting and management information systems for business.
While a sprinter, Allen worked with Mike Barwis, who was an assistant when Allen started his career and had risen to Director of Olympic Sports by 2003. As the two developed a relationship, Barwis signed him on as a graduate assistant, allowing Allen to return to school to receive a master's degree in athletic coaching education.
A year later, in 2005, Barwis hired Allen as his full-time assistant and Allen's career had started as he went to Michigan with Rodriguez.