Jerome Allen
Detroit Pistons
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1973-01-28) January 28, 1973 (age 48)
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).

Allen, a 6'4" (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) shooting guard from the University of Pennsylvania, was a two-time Ivy League player of the year for the Quakers. A four-year starter, he led them to Ivy League titles in each of his last three seasons (1993–95) - all with a perfect 14-0 conference mark.[1]

He was selected 49th overall (2nd round, pick 20) by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1995 NBA Draft. He also briefly played with the Indiana Pacers and the Denver Nuggets, and spent time in France, Italy (with Lottomatica Roma, Carpisa Napoli and Snaidero Udine), Greece, Spain and Turkey.[2]

In 2009, he became an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball team.[3] On December 14, 2009, Allen was named interim head coach of the Penn men's basketball team after the firing of Glen Miller.[4] On March 31, 2010, he was announced as the new permanent head coach of the Penn Men's Basketball team.[5] He resigned his position as head coach effective on March 10, 2015.[6]

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.[7][8] 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.[9]

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 2035. It is the longest ever handed down to a (former) head coach. This means that until February 20, 2035; 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.[9][10] The show-cause had the effect of blackballing Allen from the collegiate ranks until at least the 2035-36 season, since most schools will not even consider hiring a coach with such a severe penalty on his record. It is very difficult for a head coach to return to the collegiate ranks even after a show-cause expires; only three have ever done so.[citation needed]

Head coaching record

as of end of 2014–15 season

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


  1. ^ "Penn fires basketball coach Glen Miller after 0-7 start". USA Today. December 14, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  2. ^ profile
  3. ^ Jerome Allen Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  4. ^ [1]. Retrieved on December 14, 2009.
  5. ^ [2]. Retrieved on April 16, 2010.
  6. ^ [3]. Retrieved on March 19, 2015.
  7. ^ "Former Penn coach says Miami Beach exec paid him to recruit son". Miami Herald. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Celtics assistant Jerome Allen pleads guilty to bribe, fined $200,000". Boston Globe.
  9. ^ a b Schlabach, Mark (February 26, 2020). "Former Penn coach Jerome Allen gets 15-year show-cause penalty". Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Negotiated Resolution: University of Pennsylvania" (PDF). NCAA. February 26, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.