PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Glen Miller, has announced the hiring of Jerome Allen as an assistant coach with the Quakers.
"I am thrilled that Jerome has accepted my offer to join our coaching staff," said Miller. "I consider his hiring a home run for our basketball program. Jerome is person of very high character and a proven winner. The very same attributes that enabled him to enjoy a highly successful playing career will allow him to have a positive influence on our players' development on and off the court.
"Jerome will be involved in every aspect of coaching including recruiting, player development and scouting. I know he is extremely excited and anxious to get started, and I am just as anxious to begin working with him!"
Allen, of course, is one of the most recognized names in Penn men's basketball history. A four-year starter, he led the Quakers to Ivy League titles in each of his last three seasons (1993-95), all of them coming via a perfect 14-0 conference mark. (Penn also won its last Ivy League game his freshman year, and went on to win its first five Ivy games in 1995-96 which gave the Red and Blue a 48-game Ivy League winning streak that remains the conference record to this day.)
The 1992-93 squad went 22-5 overall, wresting the Ivy crown away from Princeton after the Tigers' four-year run before losing in the NCAA first round to Massachusetts. In 1993-94, Penn went 25-3 overall and earned an NCAA first-round victory over Nebraska before losing to Florida in the second round. In 1994-95, with Allen serving as team captain, Penn went 22-6 overall and again advanced to the NCAAs, losing to Alabama in overtime in the first round.
Allen was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1992-93 -- sharing the honor with Columbia's Buck Jenkins -- and again as a junior in 1993-94, making him one of three Penn players to earn the honor twice. Allen also earned first-team All-Ivy and All-Philadelphia Big 5 three times apiece during his career.
When his Penn basketball career was finished, Allen was the program's all-time leader in assists (504) and steals (166). He also scored 1,518 career points, which is currently sixth on Penn's all-time scoring list, and grabbed 482 career rebounds from his guard position.
Allen was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in February 2009.
Following his Penn career, Allen was a second-round draft pick of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and spent two seasons in the NBA with Minnesota, Indiana and Denver. He then headed to Europe, where he enjoyed a stellar professional career before retiring at the end of the 2008-09 season.
Allen is a local product, having played his high school ball at Episcopal Academy. At Episcopal, he helped lead his team to four consecutive Inter-Academic League titles and was the Inter-Ac's MVP as a senior when the Churchmen went 27-2 overall.