About the coach



Allison joined the Cuesta coaching staff in 1994 and is temporarily back in the dugout after a decade long absence. She led the Cougars to a 309-218-2 record in her first dozen campaigns, but moved academic leadership positions after leading the Cougars to their only State Tournament berth in 2006. The Cougars have been a combined 178-186-1, between four different coaches, since her departure. Grant led the Cougars into the playoffs on eight occasions and in 1999 she led the Cougars to school record 40-wins. She led the program to back-to-back Western State Conference titles twice, in 2002 and 2003 and 2005 and 2006. Grant has named Western State Conference Coach of the Year four times- 2002, 2003, 2004 and, 2006

In her own playing career, Grant was a four-year starter (1988-92) with the UC Davis softball program and led the NCAA Division II team into the national rankings each year. The former outfielder and leadoff hitter was the Aggies batting leader in 1990 and 1992 and still ranks among the All Time Leaders with a career average of .354 and 34 stolen bases. She was twice named to the All-Northern California Athletic Conference First Team.

Grant began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Stanford University before joining the Cuesta program. She has been lead instructor for ASA-USA Softball Clinician Staff. In the past she has coached for the International Softball Federation in the Czech Republic and in the Men’s European Fastpitch Championships.

Grant received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education from UC Davis in 1993 and her Master’s Degree in Human Movement and Sport Science at nearby Cal Poly SLO in 1995.   She has taken on many roles at Cuesta since stepping away from the dugout. Grant is currently the Division Chair for Kinesiology, Health, Recreation and, Athletics and is a fulltime professor for the institution. She has also previously served as the President of the Academic Senate, President of the Faculty Union and as the Interim Dean for Workforce Economic Development and Community Programs.

Allison lives in Atascadero with her husband Scott. She has two sons- Nicholas and Connor.