Riverdale Ridge hires former Standley Lake coach Gary Allen to start baseball program

Gary Allen has been hired as the first baseball coach at Riverdale Ridge.

Allen, who coach at Northglenn from 1998-2008 and Standley Lake from 2009-13, will be tasked with starting the new school's baseball program. Riverdale Ridge, located in Thornton, is set to open this fall.

Allen was 41-54 during his tenure at Standley Lake, steadily improving the Class 5A program to 5-13 his first season to 12-9 in his final year. He also sent 11 of his players to play college baseball.

Allen had a .744 winning percentage at Northglenn, and sent 29 players to college baseball. He was a three-time conference coach of the year for the Norse.

Riverdale Ridge will be 3A in its first two seasons.