Jerome Allen
Detroit Pistons
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1973-01-28) January 28, 1973 (age 49)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High schoolEpiscopal Academy
(Merion, Pennsylvania)
CollegePenn (1991–1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career1995–2009
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2009–present
Career history
As player:
1995–1996Minnesota Timberwolves
1996–1997Indiana Pacers
1997Denver Nuggets
1997–1999CSP Limoges
2000–2002Virtus Roma
2002–2003Tau Cerámica
2003Snaidero Cucine Udine
2006PAOK Thessaloniki
2006–2008Snaidero Cucine Udine
2008–2009Veroli Basket
2009Snaidero Cucine Udine
As coach:
2009Snaidero Cucine Udine
20152021Boston Celtics (assistant)
2021–presentDetroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points336 (2.9 ppg)
Rebounds123 (1.1 rpg)
Assists201 (1.7 apg)
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Jerome Byron Allen (born January 28, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player and college head coach. He is the former head coach for the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team, until resigning after the 2014–15 season. He is currently an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Early life

Allen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1973. His family struggled to make ends meet, and he lived with 18 relatives in a five-bedroom home, sharing a bed with his sister. Some of his family members sold crack cocaine, and his father left his family at age 10. He attended public school in his youth but attended Episcopal Academy for high school. He became one of the top high school basketball players in the country at Episcopal, receiving scholarship offers at 16 schools. He chose to attend Penn to study accounting at the Wharton School; he had planned on being an accountant in his youth.[1]

College playing career

Allen was a four-year starter at Penn alongside future NBA players Matt Maloney and Ira Bowman. Allen and the Quakers were undefeated from his freshman season to his junior season in the Ivy League. The team's 48-game conference winning streak is the best in Ivy League history.[2][3] He averaged 13.7 points per game in his career for Penn.[4]

Professional playing career

Minnesota Timberwolves

Allen was selected 49th overall (2nd round, pick 20) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1995 NBA Draft. Until Miye Oni was selected in 2019, Allen was the most recent Ivy League player to be drafted to the NBA. He played 41 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 2.6 points per game in 8.8 minutes per game.[5]

Indiana Pacers

Allen signed with the Indiana Pacers for the 1996 NBA season. He played 51 games, averaging about 3 points in 14 minutes per game. He did not finish the season with the Pacers.[5]

Denver Nuggets

Allen signed with the Denver Nuggets and played 25 games to finish the 1996 NBA season.[5]


Allen also spent time in France, Italy (with Lottomatica Roma, Carpisa Napoli and Snaidero Udine), Greece, Spain and Turkey.[6]

Coaching career

Penn Quakers

In 2009, he became an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball team.[7] On December 14, 2009, Allen was named interim head coach of the Penn men's basketball team after the firing of Glen Miller.[8] On March 31, 2010, he was announced as the new permanent head coach of the Penn Men's Basketball team.[9] He resigned his position as head coach effective on March 10, 2015.[10]

Boston Celtics

Allen joined the Boston Celtics in 2015 under head coach Brad Stevens.[11] Allen was one of Boston's longer-tenured assistants and was with the team for all but two seasons of the Brad Stevens era.

Detroit Pistons

In summer 2021, Allen announced he was leaving the Celtics' coaching staff to join Dwane Casey in Detroit.[12]

Bribery case and related NCAA sanctions

In October 2018, Allen pleaded guilty of accepting $18,000 for a bribe in 2014 while as the head coach of Penn to help a student get on the recruiting list in order to get accepted to the University of Pennsylvania. He was ordered to pay back $18,000 in addition to a $200,000 fine. He would testify on behalf of the federal government against the man he said had bribed him – Phillip Esformes.[13][14] During Esformes's trial, Allen testified that he had received about $300,000 in bribes from Esformes, and that the student in question was Esformes's son.[15]

On February 26, 2020, the NCAA announced penalties against Allen and the Penn men's basketball program stemming from the bribes. The program was placed on two years' probation, but did not receive a postseason ban. Allen received a 15-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA, effective until February 20, 2035. It is the longest ever handed down to a (former) head coach. During this period, any school that hires Allen must "show cause" for why it should not be sanctioned for doing so. In an unusual move, if Allen gets a head coaching job after the show-cause expires, he must sit out the first half of the first season of his return.[15][16] It is very difficult for a head coach to return to the collegiate ranks even after a show-cause expires, since many presidents and athletic directors are extremely reluctant to hire someone with a show-cause on his record.[17] Only four coaches have ever worked in college basketball again after receiving a show-cause.

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Penn (Ivy League) (2009–2015)
2009–10 Penn 6–15 5–9 T–5th
2010–11 Penn 13–15 7–7 4th
2011–12 Penn 20–13 11–3 2nd CBI Quarterfinals
2012–13 Penn 9–22 6–8 5th
2013–14 Penn 8–20 5–9 6th
2014–15 Penn 9–19 4–10 8th
Penn: 65–104 38–46
Total: 65–104

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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  3. ^ "Penn fires basketball coach Glen Miller after 0–7 start". USA Today. December 14, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
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  7. ^ Jerome Allen Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  8. ^ "Glen Miller out as Penn coach". Retrieved December 14, 2009.
  9. ^ "Penn introduces new coach Allen". Associated Press. March 31, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "Penn coach Jerome Allen to resign after season ends". Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Report: Former Penn Coach Jerome Allen to Join Celtics Staff".
  12. ^ "Jerome Allen Confirms He's Leaving Celtics, Thanks Boston in Instagram Photo".
  13. ^ "Former Penn coach says Miami Beach exec paid him to recruit son". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "Celtics assistant Jerome Allen pleads guilty to bribe, fined $200,000". Boston Globe.
  15. ^ a b Schlabach, Mark (February 26, 2020). "Former Penn coach Jerome Allen gets 15-year show-cause penalty". Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  16. ^ "Negotiated Resolution: University of Pennsylvania" (PDF). NCAA. February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  17. ^ "The perception and reality of NCAA show-cause penalties". USA Today.