Brandeis and soccer run in the family for Andrew Allen

Brandeis men's soccer senior Andrew Allen has been part of the Judges' family for his entire life. His father, Greg, Class of 1986, was a Hall of Fame player for coach Mike Coven, who went to a Final Four as a junior. After Greg graduated, he always brought Andrew along to alumni games. The Brandeis connection doesn't stop there, as Greg met his wife Grace '86 on campus, and Andrew's older sister, Elizabeth, is a member of the class of 2014.

With all that history, Andrew almost went in another direction.

"I didn't want to end up in my dad's shadow, but coach [Mike] Coven ended up convincing me that it would be the right decision, and I'm glad he did," Andrew recalled.

Coven, the 44-year head coach who retired at the end of the 2016 season, was the master of the hand-written note and of letting prospective players known that he personally wanted them to come to Brandeis. Andrew took that feeling to heart and decided to follow in the rest of his family's footsteps, and not just on the soccer field.

Andrew picked computer science for a major, as his father did, though it took him a while to come to that conclusion. Andrew decided on Brandeis over a more technically-focused school because of the many educational options open to him.

"I liked math, I liked physics, but I wasn't sure what it was I wanted to do," Allen said. It wasn't until he actually enrolled in intro math and CoSci courses that the decision to start down a similar academic path to Greg was made.

"I really feel at home at Brandeis. It's really a special campus. I'm never unhappy when it's time to come back to school," Andrew said.

Learn more about the Allen family and their legacy of Brandeis soccer.

Categories: Students
Date: October 12, 2018