Allen New Skill Development Director

Chris Allen has been promoted to director of skill development on the West Virginia University strength and conditioning staff. He replaces Marcus Kinney, who is now head strength coach at Tulsa.

Allen, who was previously an assistant strength coach, joined WVU's full-time staff in 2003. An accomplished Mountaineer sprinter from 1997-2000, Allen won the IC4A 100-meter dash his senior year and was Big East runner-up in that event. He was a member of the Big East and Athletic Director's Academic Honor Rolls.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Allen is a 2000 WVU graduate with degrees in accounting and MIS. He is currently working toward a master's degree in athletic coaching education.

Taking Allen's previous position is Parker Whiteman, who joined the WVU staff as a graduate assistant in 2006. Before WVU, Whiteman spent two years as an assistant strength coach with the Baltimore Ravens and worked as a performance coach for Velocity Sports Performance.

Whiteman, a Keyser native, received a bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Shepherd (W.Va.) University, where he played football. In 2006, Whiteman completed his master's degree in exercise science from McDaniel College.

Jerry Handley has also been hired as an assistant strength coach; he began working with the strength program as an intern in 2004 and has served as a graduate assistant since 2005.

Handley, an Elkins native, received his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from WVU in 2004, graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in August, 2006, with a M.S. in exercise physiology, and received a master's in athletic coaching education in December, 2006.

An accomplished competitor in mixed martial arts, kickboxing, submission grappling, and amateur boxing events, he was the last light heavyweight champion of the defunct Tiger's Lair Ultimate Fighting Federation, and received his professional martial artist license in 2004.

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