|Alma Mater:||Washington, 2005|
Curtis Allen enters his seventh season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Washington State University and his second on head coach Ernie Kent’s staff in 2015-16.
Allen spent the 11 seasons prior under the tutelage of former Washington State University head coach Ken Bone, the last five as an assistant coach under Bone for the Cougars from 2009-10 until the 2013-14 season.
Bone served as an assistant coach during Allen's final two seasons as a member of the University of Washington basketball team. A Tacoma, Wash. native, Allen joined Bone's staff at Portland State in 2005, where he served as an assistant coach the previous four seasons. At PSU, Allen was involved with all aspects of coaching on the floor for the Vikings. He primarily worked with the guards and the defensive side of the game, and was heavily involved in recruiting.
In Allen’s four seasons at PSU, the Vikings posted a 77-49 record, including the two best seasons in school history. In 2007-08, the Vikings won a school-record 23 games and earned PSU its first berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The following season, the Vikings matched the 23 wins and made a second-straight tournament appearance.
The 2008-09 season was highlighted by the school’s first win against a ranked opponent when the Vikings defeated No. 7 Gonzaga 77-70 in Spokane.
During Allen’s tenure, PSU placed 10 student-athletes on All-Big Sky Conference teams, including three first team selections and the 2008 conference player of the year (Jeremiah Dominguez).
Allen, who played at Washington from 2000-04, spent one year as an assistant varsity coach at University Prep in Seattle. He also coached at Ballard High School during the summer of 2005, participated in UW and Seattle Pacific Basketball camps and operated his own camp at the Ballard Boys and Girls Clubs.
While a member of the Husky basketball team, Allen competed in 117 games, starting 51. He was the most accurate free throw shooter in UW history, making 202-of-233 for a .867 mark. Allen also made 151 career 3-point field goals to rank second all-time. He was eighth all-time in assists (286) and 10th in steals (99). Allen was part of the 2003-04 Husky team that made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.
Allen received a degree in general studies from Washington in 2005. He and his wife Alissa were married in August 2007 and have sons, Trey, born December of 2008 and Noah, born March of 2012.
The Curtis Allen File
- WSU made its second-straight postseason tournament in 2012, reaching the championship round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) after advancing to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 2011.
- The Cougars notched a 4-2 mark in the CBI, their most single-season postseason victories.
- Assisted in WSU’s run to the NIT Semifinals in New York in 2011, as the team went 3-1 in the tournament, which at the time marked the most postseason victories in a single season for Washington State.
- WSU’s 22 wins in his second season tie for the 10th most in school history as it reached 20-plus wins for just the 18th time.
- Helped guide Portland State to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the only two D-I NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
- Portland State’s 23 wins in both 2008 and 2009 were school records.
- The Vikings placed 10 student-athletes on All-Big Sky Conference teams, including the 2008 conference player of the year.
- In his fourth year at Portland State, the Vikings got their only win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 7 Gonzaga, 77-70, on the road.
- Played basketball at the University of Washington alongside NBA players Nate Robinson and Brandon Roy.
Education: University of Washington (general studies), 2005
2004-2006 University Prep (Wash.) HS – Assistant Coach
2005-2009 Portland State – Assistant Coach
2009-present Washington State – Assistant Coach
Wife – Alissa; sons, Trey and Noah