Jerome Allen returns to Penn as assistant coach

Jerome Allen is coming home.

The former Episcopal Academy and Penn basketball star has joined the Quakers' coaching staff as an assistant, Penn coach Glen Miller announced today.

“I am thrilled that Jerome has accepted my offer to join our coaching staff,” Miller said in a statement. “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, a Big 5 Hall of Famer, 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.

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 during his career.

When his Penn basketball career ended, Allen was the school's career leader in assists (504) and steals (166). He also scored 1,518 career points, which is currently sixth on Penn’s career scoring list, and grabbed 482 career rebounds from his guard position.

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.