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Forrest "Phog" Allen
Head Basketball Coach
University of Kansas
1908, 1909, 19220-1956

 

Forrest "Phog" Allen coached college basketball for 49 seasons and compiled an enviable 771-223 record. Most of his coaching was done at the University of Kansas where he coached the Jayhawks to the 1923 Helms Foundation national championship and the 1952 NCAA national championship. He coached the United States to a gold medal in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He received numerous honors-- the NABC and the Metropolitan New York Basketball Writers National Coach of the Year in 1950 and the Helms Foundation "Basketball Man of the Year" in 1952.

One of his players -- Adolph Rupp - went on to become the famed coach at the University of Kentucky.

One of his most significant accomplishments was his leadership in founding the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1927. His leadership earned him the Association's first presidency.

A charter member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, he published his first book, My Basketball Bible, in 1924 and followed with Basketball: Techniques, Tactics, Tales in 1937.

As a player, he played for the University of Kansas and was named All-America in 1904 and 1905.

Other coaching stints were at Baker University (record: 46-2), Haskell Institute (record: 27-5) and Warrensburg Teachers College (record: 107-7).

He was enshrined into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1959.