Jerome Allen

Jerome Allen coached his final game for the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday at The Palestra. — Submitted Photo

Penn head basketball coach Jerome Allen has announced his resignation following the Quakers’ season finale on Tuesday night, March 10 against Princeton at The Palestra. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“After considerable soul-searching and reflection, I’ve decided to resign from my post as men’s head basketball coach at the University of Pennsylvania,” Allen said in a statement. “Nothing could be harder for me, because this institution and program have been so dear to my heart. This program gave me my start as a player, and it helped launch my coaching career.

“During the past six years, I have been blessed with a tremendous opportunity to which I gave all of my heart and soul. So I leave the program with head held high, knowing that a foundation has been laid for my successor to take this program and return it to the standard of excellence we all expect. I want to thank everyone associated with the Penn basketball program from the bottom of my heart for making my time here so dear and meaningful to my family and myself. And thanks you to those who continue to support our student-athletes. Without you, this would have been a much harder job. Despite my leaving, my heart will always bleed the Penn colors. I wish this university and this program nothing but the best moving forward.”

“Coach Allen and I have engaged in a thorough and thoughtful review of the men’s basketball program since I arrived on campus in July, and I know how much this program means to him-both as its coach and as one of its all-time great players,” said Penn’s director of athletics, Grace Calhoun in a statement. “Jerome has always been held in the highest regard by his teammates, by his fellow basketball alums, by people in the Penn and the Philadelphia communities, and most of all by the players he has coached these last six years. Coach Allen always put the program first, and I am confident that he will continue to be a strong ambassador for the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn basketball program.”

Allen will complete his fifth full season as Penn’s head coach. He started his coaching career as an assistant with the Quakers for the 2009-10 season, following his retirement from a professional playing career in Europe. Just seven games into that season, Allen was promoted into the interim head coaching position to replace Glen Miller.

Allen was a terrific basketball player for Penn. He was twice named Ivy League Player of the Year in his college career (1992-95). Allen led the Quakers to three league titles and three NCAA tournament appearances. The former Episcopal Academy star scored 1,518 points and grabbed 482 rebounds in his career. He played two seasons in the NBA before heading to Europe for a lengthy pro career. In 2009, he was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame.

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