Ian Allan started his association with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference as the head coach of the NAIT Ooks men's volleyball team from 1986-1989 before returning north to take on Athletic Director duties at Keyano College from 1989-1996. He was instrumental in starting up cross country running and men's and women's volleyball. In addition to being the head coach of the Huskies men's volleyball team for six years, he assisted with the development of the Huskies Volleyball Club for Youth, the Keyano Huskies Booster Club, and summer sports camps.
In 1996 Allan accepted a position at Vancouver Island College as the men's volleyball coach and regional volleyball coach. In 2000 he moved on to take the role of Technical Director for Alberta Volleyball. Since 2005 he has traveled the world working in part for the Asian Games, Africa Cup of Nations, FIFA World Cup, the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and London Summer Olympics.
Allan has since returned to Fort McMurray and is currently the Director of Sports and Venues within the organizing committee of the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games to be held August 7-16, 2015 in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.