2013-2014 Biography: Julia Allender, Head Coach - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Basketball

Julia Allender was hired as the women’s basketball head coach in May of 2009.  Allender has done a remarkable job creating a culture of success both on and off the court in just a short time and taking this already successful program to higher standards with Ohlone College women’s basketball program constantly being in discussion as one of the better programs in the Bay Area and across the state of California. In just three years she has accumulated an overall win loss record of 64-25 (a winning percentage of 72%). Most recently going 24-6 finishing with the #4 ranking in Northern California and the #8 ranking in the State in the 2011-2012 season marking that as one of the best seasons in Ohlone history.  

She’s won three straight Coast Conference South division championships with a total conference record of 35-1 and two of them ending in undefeated conference seasons.  She has been named the Coast Conference South Coach of the Year all three years and was one of only two coaches in Northern California to be nominated for the Northern California Coach of Year in 2012.  Allender has moved the Renegades on to the Sweet 16 round of the California state playoffs in two of the last three years and finishing with a top ten ranking every year.

More importantly has been Allender’s ability to develop high school athletes and turn them into successful collegiate basketball players and then transfers them with basketball scholarships to the next level in one or two years, the main job of every community college coach.  

Julia AllenderAllender has successfully produced 5 All State players, 5 conference MVP’s, 15 all conference players and the 2012 Northern California Player of the Year in Chereese Thomas.  More impressive is the transfer rate Allender has been able to put together.  90% of all players who make it through her program transfer to the next level on basketball scholarships.  In 2012 all 4 sophomores received Full Basketball Scholarships to play at the Division I and Division II NCAA level giving Allender a 100% transfer rate.

  • Master's Degree in Human Movement, 2008
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education, 2005
  • Division I Basketball Player Southern Utah University University 2003-2005
  • San Jose City College 2000-2002

Allender started her coaching career here at Ohlone and spent three years as an assistant before being named as the head coach in 2009.

In the three years as an assistant, Coach Allender headed up the recruiting and player development while finishing her education and attaining her Master’s Degree in Human Movement with a specialty in Sports Conditioning from A.T. Still University in 2008.

Born and raised in San Jose, Calif., Julia graduated from Santa Clara High School as an honor student. She was the starting shooting guard all four years and received numerous awards including the California All State Team as a senior in 2000.

After high school Allender headed to San Jose City College where she received honors as the starting shooting guard for the Jags both years she was there.

She then transferred to Southern Utah University where she finished off her collegiate career as the Thunderbirds starting shooting guard.

Allender’s personal experience as a Community College athlete and a NCAA Division I transfer gives her a unique insight into the process of getting athletes to reach not only their full potential but the next level. She has and will continue to use her skills to assist dedicated young women to get where they want to be. Those who have been coached by Julia will tell you that she has a way of getting you to get the best out of yourself.

“I believe it is the coaches job to not only develop the level of play of the team as a whole but to take each individual athlete for who they are and assist them in reaching their full potential. A lot of players out of high school are underdeveloped and lacking a physical or mental attribute that may be preventing them from performing at their highest level. I have an insight with the players who play for me and I am able to get them to overcome whatever that may be so they can elevate their game. That is what makes us so successful, we continue to develop through out the entire year.”

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