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Jerome Allen

February 21, 2013

Jerome Allen is the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Penn Men’s Basketball. As an undergraduate, Coach Allen made an imprint as one of Penn’s greatest basketball players.

A Philadelphia native, Allen grew up in Germantown and played for Episcopal Academy. After a successful high school career, Allen received many NCAA Division I offers and chose to play for Penn and attend the Wharton School of Business.  Allen was a four-year starter at Penn, leading the Quakers to Ivy League titles during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Allen ranks sixth on the Penn scoring list and was all-time leader in assists and steals at the end of his career. In February 2009, Allen was inducted into the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame.

Allen was drafted in the second round of the 1995 NBA Draft and played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers, and Denver Nuggets. Allen then enjoyed a successful career in Europe playing in some of the continent’s top leagues. Following his playing career, Allen began coaching, first in Italy and then as an assistant coach at Penn. In 2010, Jerome Allen became the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Penn Men’s Basketball.

Coach Allen has also dedicated time to mentoring students and other members of the community. In 1997, Allen founded Brothers Embracing Brothers (BEB), an organization that worked with neighborhood youth through basketball and mentorship. The group evolved into a new organization, Hood Enriched, with the goal of cultivating the academic and athletic success in inner-city youth.

–Lauren Alcena CAS ‘13

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