Samantha Allen ’10 was hired Tuesday, May 12, as the women’s basketball coach for the University of Southern Maine. She served as assistant coach last year and will be the only women’s head coach younger than 30 in the competitive Little East Conference.

“She’s intelligent, is a good teacher of the game, and has a good grasp of the game,” said USM Athletic Director Al Bean. “We feel she can be a good mentor and leader for our players.”

“She’s ready,” retiring USM coach Gary Fifield added. “She’s as ready as any assistant coach I’ve ever had.”