Charel Allen enters her second season with the Cal State Fullerton women's basketball team after joining Harada's first-year staff in 2017.
Allen concluded a nine-year professional playing career that included stops in Turkey, Bulgaria and Israel before she joined the Cal State Fullerton women’s basketball coaching staff for the 2017-18 season as an assistant.
During her last professional stop, the University of Notre Dame graduate served as a player-coach for BK Montana 2003 during 2016 and 2017 in Montana, Bulgaria.
Her professional highlights include being drafted by the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs in 2008, winning a Women’s Adriatic Basketball Association regular season championship in 2017 while also earning all-WABA first team honors that season. Allen was a Bulgarian League champion in 2012 and 2016, and also won regular season titles in 2010, 2012, and 2015, while capturing the Bulgarian Cup in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016.
In addition, Allen was an all-Bulgarian League First Team selection in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 and was named the Guard of the Year in 2014 and 2016 as well as Player of the Year in 2014. She was named to the Bulgarian League all-Import Team in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, and was named the League Import Player of the Year in 2014.
Allen was as also an assistant coach for Monessen Middle School in Monessen, Pa., for the 2013-14 season. Since 2011, Allen has conducted The Charel Allen Basketball Camp and Highlight Game in Pittsburgh, Pa., and in addition she has worked as a skill development trainer since 2009.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and computer applications, Allen served as the team’s captain in her final two seasons (2007 & 2008), and was also a Big East Conference First Team selection both of those years. She was an Associated Press All-American honorable mention in 2008 as well as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American in 2007 and 2008. She was the first player at Notre Dame to reach 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 steals and 200 assists.