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PHOG ALLEN
HEAD BASKETBALL COACH
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS (1919-1956

 
 


In 36 years as Head Coach At the University of Kansas, Phog Allen compiled a record of 770 wins and 223 losses.This does not count his senior year at Kansas when he served as the coach of the team and led them to a 25-3 record. Amazingly, at the same time, he coached nearby Baker University and Haskell Indian Institute. Baker was 22-2, Haskell was 27-5 which made Allen's record for the year, 74-10.He also coaches at Warrensburg Teachers College (now Central Missouri State).

Considered to be the "first" basketball coach, he learned the sport at the University of Kansas from James Naismith, the founder of the game.

Allen was instrumental in having the NCAA tournament established in 1939. He also was a founder, in 1927, of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and served as its first president. He led the drive to have basketball made an Olympic sport in 1936.

His 1923 and 1924 Kansas teams were chosen national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation. Under Allen, Kansas won or shared 30 championships in the Missouri Valley, Big Seven, and Big Eight Conferences.

The University of Kansas' 17,500 seat arena, Allen Field House, is named for him, and his statue stands just outside the building to welcome all fans into one of the most tradition rich arenas in the country.