Lonny Allen has served as Athletic Director at Tiffin University since 2008 after serving as assistant athletic director, head baseball coach, and assistant baseball coach for the Dragons. Under his direction Tiffin University athletics has grown to sponsor 26 varsity sports including nationally-ranked teams in football, men's soccer, men's wrestling, indoor and outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, and women's tennis. Allen has been at the forefront of continuing the growth of the department in Division II and the GLIAC. Under his direction, the program has made many positive additions, such as the development of the Heminger Center, a 3.5 acre indoor practice and recreation center that also includes an indoor track and field complex, along with new facilities for the golf and wrestling programs. In 2017, Tiffin University added a state-of-the-art esports facility. The 4,000 square foot facility is the largest esports arena in the nation. In 2018 the Adelsperger Wrestling Complex was dedicated. The wrestling complex expansion includes a 2,400 square-foot addition that includes more offices, a new locker room, training room, and a 1,200 square foot weight room. The expansion became even more necessary with the addition of women's wrestling as Tiffin's 26th NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sport.
Tiffin University has captured two NCAA National Championships during Allen's tenure as Athletic Director.
- Men's Track and Field (2015-16)
- Men's Track and Field (2016-17)
In addition, the Dragons have captured 16 individual national championships since 2008 including:
- Men's Track and Field
- Lamar Hargrove (60 and 200 meters in 2014, 60 and 200 meters in 2015)
- Coy Blair (indoor shot put and weight throw in 2017, outdoor shot put in 2017)
- Marquise Corbett (indoor long jump in 2017)
- James Ngandu (cross country in 2017, indoor 10K in 2018)
- Jonte Baker (60 and 100 meters in 2019)
- 4x100m Relay in 2019 (Jonte Baker, Zion Cross, Elijah Gauldin, Quincy Scott)
- Women's Track and Field
- Marisa Gwinner (outdoor high jump in 2019)
- Men's Wrestling
- Garrett Gray (285, 2017)
- Nick Mason (197, 2019)
In addition, the Dragons have combined to make 51 NCAA postseason appearances in 11 different sports in the last 11 years.
Allen has been instrumental in improving all of Tiffin’s facilities across the board. Amongst the changes are: upgrades to the baseball facility include new offices and lounge area above the home dugout, a brand new clubhouse attached to the home dugout, stadium seating behind home plate, and a fully functioning press box; additions to the soccer facility at the Paradiso Athletic Complex, including stadium seating, a fence enclosing the facility, press box, and dugouts for the home and opposing team; softball facility improvements including the addition of a press box, stadium seating, brand new backstop, and the recent addition of batting cages.
In addition to the various playing facilities, Allen has enhanced the Hanson Physical Fitness Center with the remodeling of the weight room, addition of a cardio room, and the addition of an athletic training facility that provides convenient care for all Tiffin University student athletes.
Lonny Allen left his mark on the Tiffin University tennis program as well with the resurfacing of the courts, addition of stadium seating, aesthetic changes that both brighten and modernize the facility, and storage areas for equipment.
With Allen at the helm, Tiffin University was instrumental in the additions that have taken place at Frost-Kalnow Stadium, the home of Tiffin University’s football and women's lacrosse teams. Two of the newest additions include new field turf and a video board.
The Gillmor Student Center and Old Fort Bank Court, where the Dragon basketball and volleyball teams play their home events, has also benefited from Allen's drive to improve all athletic venues. Recent upgrades include new scoreboards, court resurfacing, the remodeling of both player and officials locker rooms, remodeling of coaches offices, construction of storage space, and the addition of a concession area.
In addition, Allen has overseen the addition of six new varsity sports (women's lacrosse, men's and women's wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and stunt), along with helping develop new athletic offices as part of the Heminger Center, expanding the size of the weight room, and upgrading the training facilities for the betterment of TU's athletes.
Allen coached the Tiffin baseball squad for 21 seasons before stepping aside after the 2012 season. Counting his days as a student-athlete for the Dragons, he had been associated with the program for 30 years. He accumulated 444 career victories on the diamond.
Allen is a 1992 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in Sports Management. He has a Master's degree in Sports Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Coach Allen hails from Kermit, Texas. He graduated from Kermit High School and then played baseball at Hill Junior College in Texas before finishing his career at TU. He, his wife Julie, and daughters Macy, Brooke, and Zoey live in Tiffin. He also has a grandson, Hunter.