Phog Allen (Basketball Coach) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Phog Allen

Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen was an American basketball and baseball player, coach of American football, basketball, and baseball, college athletics administrator, and osteopathic physician. Known as the “Father of Basketball Coaching,” he served as the head basketball coach at Baker University, the University of Kansas, Haskell Institute—now Haskell Indian Nations University, and Warrensburg Teachers College—now the University of Central Missouri, compiling a career college basketball record of 746–264. In his 39 seasons at the helm of the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball program, his teams won 24 conference championships and three national titles. The Helms Athletic Foundation retroactively recognized Allen’s 1921–22 and 1922–23 Kansas teams as national champions. Allen’s 1951–52 squad won the 1952 NCAA Tournament and his Jayhawks were runners-up in the NCAA Tournament in 1940 and 1953. His 590 wins are the most of any coach in the storied history of the Kansas basketball program.

Born: November 18, 1885, Jamesport, Missouri
Died: September 16, 1974, Lawrence, Kansas
Overall: 34–19–3 (football), 746–264 (basketball), 6–17–1 (baseball)
Tournaments: Basketball, 10–3 (NCAA)

About Phog Allen

‘Father of Basketball Coaching’ inducted into both the Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

Began coaching at William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri.


He was in the inaugural 1959 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Family Life

His father was one of the original incorporators of Jameson, Missouri in 1876.


He coached the future U.S. Senator Bob Dole when he was on the basketball team at Kansas.

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Latest information about Phog Allen updated on September 15, 2020.

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