PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men’s Basketball, Jerome Allen, has announced the departure of assistant coach Jason Polykoff from his staff. Polykoff was recently named the new head coach at Earlham College, an NCAA Division III program in Richmond, Indiana.
"I'm happy for Jason, and proud of him," said Allen. "He has been a huge asset to my staff these last two years, and has been everything I expected when I hired him out of Friends' Central two years ago. Jason has a great understanding of the game and knows how to connect with his players, and I am confident he will have success as he makes this next step in his coaching career."
“I am so grateful to have coached at Penn and to have worked with a great coach in Jerome Allen,” said Polykoff. “These last two years have allowed to me grow as a person and as a coach. I will miss the amazing people at Penn, especially Jerome, Ira (Bowman), Scott (Pera) and Mike (Lintulahti). While I am moving on to the next step, I will never forget my time on 33rd Street and at The Palestra.”
Polykoff spent the last two years in the Quakers’ volunteer assistant position. In addition, he was also head coach of Penn’s junior varsity team. Prior to his arrival at Penn, Polykoff was the head coach at Friends’ Central School in Philadelphia, where he won four straight Pennsylvania Independent Schools state titles (2009-12) and posted a 113-28 record.
Polykoff is a 2006 graduate of Haverford College, where he was team captain as a senior and finished in the top 10 in six different categories in the school's record book. After his final season, he was named Haverford's Most Valuable Player and selected as a Philadelphia Area Small College All-Star. Polykoff will also be honored later this spring with the Haverford College Young Alumni Award for Accomplishments in Leadership.
A college of nearly 1,100 undergraduate students, Earlham College is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Coincidentally, Earlham’s nickname is the Quakers.