Jimmy Allen joined the Army coaching staff in April 2010 after serving six seasons as the head coach at Averett University in Danville, Va.
Allen's hiring represented a homecoming for Army's fifth-year assistant. His father, James, graduated from West Point in 1967 and later returned as a chemistry instructor. During his father's tenure as a professor, Allen attended West Point elementary school for three years and James I. O'Neill High School through the 10th grade.
In his six seasons with the Division III Cougars, Allen posted a 97-70 (.581) overall record, guiding the program to three 20-win seasons, three USA South Athletic Conference titles, three USASAC tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
A three-time USA South Coach of the Year (2005, 2007, 2008), Allen inherited a team that was 0-25 the season prior to his arrival and posted a 13-14 overall record in his first season. The next year, the Cougars won 20 games and captured a share of the conference regular-season crown. In 2006-07, Allen's charges went 20-7, winning both the USASAC regular-season and tournament championships and earning the school's first NCAA appearance since 1990. While the team's overall record slipped to 14-15 in 2007-08, the Cougars made a run in the postseason to capture the league tournament and earn its second straight NCAA berth. The 2008-09 squad returned to the 20-win plateau and not only won a conference regular-season championship and its third straight league tournament crown, but also scored its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1990. Allen's 2009-10 team went 10-16 overall and advanced to the semifinals of the USASAC postseason.
In addition to the team success, Allen mentored 13 all-conference performers in his six seasons. One of those players, Jonathan Rumley, is the school's only first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America selection. Allen helped develop Rumley into the schools' all-time leader in steals per game (2.9). He also finished his career ranked fifth all-time at Averett in scoring (1,186) and fifth in rebounds (511).
There was also no shortage of off-the-court accolades for Allen's program during his tenure at Averett. The Cougars earned the USA South Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award three straight times from 2007-09. The team was also honored with the Community Youth Service Award by the Dan River Center for Voluntarism in 2007 and in 2008 received recognition from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville. In the classroom, 18 of Allen's players were named to the conference all-academic team.
Prior to his arrival at Averett, Allen spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach, including eight at the Division I level. Before taking his first head coaching position, Allen worked for two seasons as the associate head coach at Wofford College where the 2002-03 squad won six games against the RPI's top-ranked non-conference strength of schedule.
Allen got his first taste of coaching at a service academy while spending six years as an assistant at Navy under Don DeVoe from 1996-2002. During his tenure with the Mids, Navy won the Patriot League championship and earned NCAA Tournament berths in 1997 and 1998. Allen helped the Mids to three 20-win seasons in his six years in Annapolis.
Prior to his stint at Navy, Allen began his coaching career at Emory & Henry, his alma mater, working with the Wasps from 1993-96.
A 1993 graduate of Emory & Henry with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Allen played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during his undergraduate career. The Wasps won 20 games each of his four seasons and advanced the "Sweet Sixteen" of the NCAA postseason on two occasions.
A four-year starter at point guard, Allen holds the program's record with 117 consecutive games played and ranks second on the school's all-time assist ledger. He was inducted into the Emory & Henry Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Allen and his wife, Katie, have one son, James.
THE ALLEN FILE Hometown: El Paso, Texas Date of Birth: June 15, 1971 Education Emory & Henry B.S., Accounting, 1993 Family: wife, Katie; son, James
COACHING EXPERIENCE 2010-pres: Army (Assistant Coach) 2004-10 : Averett (Head Coach) 2002-04: Wofford (Assoc. Head Coach) 1996-02: Navy (Assistant Coach) 1993-96: Emory & Henry (Assistant Coach)