Sept. 15, 2005
PORTLAND, Ore. - Former University of Washington basketball player Curtis Allen has been hired to the Portland State basketball coaching staff. PSU Coach Ken Bone hired Allen, one of his former players, to round out his staff for the 2005-06 season.
"Curtis is a quality person with great character and someone I am excited to have on our staff," said Bone. "Since we've been around each other for a few years he understands and has the ability to communicate and teach the philosophies and strategies I believe in. Because of his personality, work ethic and passion for the game, I believe he will be very successful in the coaching profession."
Allen will be involved in all areas of coaching on the floor for the Vikings. He will primarily work with PSU's guards and be heavily involved in recruiting.
Allen, who played at Washington from 2000 to 2004, spent the past year as an assistant varsity coach at University Prep in Seattle. He also coached at Ballard High School over the summer, participated in University of Washington and Seattle Pacific Basketball Camps, and operated his own camp at the Ballard Boys and Girls Clubs.
While a member of the Huskies basketball team, Allen competed in 117 games, starting 51. He was the most accurate free throw shooter in University of Washington history, making 202 of 233 for an .867 mark. Allen also made 151 career three-point field goals to rank second in that category. He was eighth all-time in assists (286) and tenth in steals (99).
Allen was part of the 2003-04 Husky team that made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999. Bone was an assistant coach at Washington during Allen's final two seasons.
"I'm excited to work for Coach Bone after being coached by him," Allen said. "Portland State has a growing tradition, and I want to help keep growing what has already been built here."
A native of Tacoma, Washington, where he attended Wilson High School, Allen received a degree in General Studies from the University of Washington in 2005.