BETSY LAYNE – Kristal Allen has returned to her high school alma mater. After guiding the Prestonsburg High School volleyball program for two years, Allen is set to coach the Betsy Layne High School girls’ basketball team. Recently, Allen was named the new head coach of the Betsy Layne hoops program.
“I am very excited to be back at my alma mater,” Allen said. “I enjoyed my time coaching volleyball at Prestonsburg and was grateful for the opportunity, but to be able to come back to Betsy Layne and to the sport that played such a huge part of my life is exciting.”
Allen thrived on the hardwood throughout her high school career as a Betsy Layne Ladycat.
“I played under Cassandra Akers and had a successful four years while at Betsy Layne,” Allen said. “I went on to play one year at Alice Lloyd College before transferring to UPIKE to finish out my college career. I was assistant at Betsy Layne for two years before taking the volleyball position at Prestonsburg, so I have coached several of the girls in the past. I coached volleyball at Prestonsburg for two years and felt like we were improving every season.”
Allen replaced Randy Coleman, who spent three seasons at the helm of the Betsy Layne girls’ basketball program. The Ladycats ended the 2015-16 season 16-16. Earlier in the year, Betsy Layne finished runner-up to Prestonsburg in the 58th District and reached the semifinals of the 15th Region Girls’ Basketball Tournament.
Allen is already busy with her new team.
“We have a lot going on this summer at Betsy Layne and I am eager to get started,” Allen confided. “I have a talented group of girls returning and we are going to work hard in the offseason. Overall, I am just happy to be back at Betsy Layne.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at 606/886-8506.