Lisa (Allen) McKinney was named the head softball coach at MSUB on June 19, 2019, beginning her second stint in charge of the Yellowjackets. The 2019-20 academic year will mark her sixth overall in charge of the program, after she led the Yellowjackets from 2011-15.
McKinney is MSUB's winningest softball coach, with an all-time record of 123-110 (.528) and a mark of 83-59 (.585) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. She led MSUB to the GNAC tournament title in 2015 and a runner-up finish at the NCAA D2 West Region Championships. Under her guidance, senior Taylor Hoke was named GNAC Player of the Year.
During her first full season, in 2012, Allen led the Yellowjackets to a 32-18 overall record that included winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title that earned MSUB its first berth to the NCAA tournament since 2009. Allen's 2012 team produced 10 all-conference selections, two all-academic nominations and two all-region honorees.
Allen received a master’s degree in sport management from MSUB, completing her course work in 2012.
Allen was in her third year as an assistant coach at Montana State University Billings before taking over midway through the 2011 season for Anthony Stone. She went on to lead the Yellowjackets to a 22-9 record to finish the season, including winning 13 of their final 15 games. She was previously an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State and Linfield College (Ore.).
Allen had an outstanding career at Oregon State. She earned all-Pac-10 honors twice and helped her team qualify for the NCAA regionals all four years. The Beavers went 166-91 during her career and in 2006, qualified for the NCAA Division I College World Series. Allen finished her career ranked among the top-10 in at-bats, RBIs, hits, doubles and home runs.
After college, Allen played on championship teams in the National Professional Fast-Pitch (New England Riptide - 2006) and Austrian (Dornbirn Sharx - 2007) leagues. Allen has a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sports science from OSU where she was on the honor roll all four years and was a three-time Pac-10 all-academic selection.