Former Penn head coach Jerome Allen is headed to Beantown.

According to Josh Verlin of, Allen will become associate head coach of the Boston Celtics under Brad Stevens. 

Allen, one of the best players in Penn basketball history, began his coaching career as an assistant at Penn for the 2009-10 season.

The Episcopal grad was hired as the interim head coach to replace Glen Miller in December of 2009 and had the interim tag removed from his title after guiding the Quakers to a big upset victory over nationally-ranked Cornell in March of 2010.

After posting a 65-104 record -- 38-46 in the Ivy League -- over parts of six seasons with the Quakers, Allen resigned as head coach at the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign (see story)

Allen played for Penn under current Temple head coach Fran Dunphy, twice being named Ivy League Player of the Year (1992, 1993). In the Quakers' long basketball history, Allen graduated as the university's all-time leader in assists and steals. He was also inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 2009.

Following his collegiate career, Allen was selected in the second round (49th overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves at the 1995 NBA draft. He also briefly spent time with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets before playing overseas in France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey.


With Boston, Allen will join Jamie Young and Jay Larranaga as assistants on Stevens' staff. The Celtics went 40-42 last season and finished second in the Atlantic Division. In the first round of the playoffs, however, the C's were swept by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.