Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen

Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen

Jamesport, Daviess County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Sep 1974 (aged 88)
Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Burial Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 13
Memorial ID 6532530 · View Source
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Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach. Born in the town of Jamesport, Missouri. He was the son of William Allen. Forrest was known as the "Father of Basketball Coaching." He was an American basketball and baseball player, coach of American football, basketball, and baseball, college athletics administrator, and osteopathic physician. He learned how to play basketball under the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, while a player at the University of Kansas, at which he lettered in 1905, 1906, and 1907; he also earned two letters in baseball. began his coaching career while still a student at KU. From 1907 to 1908, he also served as head basketball coach at Baker University and Haskell Institute. After graduating in 1909, Forrest left basketball to study osteopathic medicine. After getting his degree he opened an osteopathic practice in Lawrence, and become well known for his use of osteopathic manipulation techniques to help injured athletes. From 1912 to 1919, Forrest served as head basketball coach at Central Missouri State University. During this time he compiled a 102-7 win-loss record, and led his team to championships every year. All totaled, he won 746 games, the national record at the time of his retirement in 1956. His KU teams won 24 conference championships and one NCAA title in 1952. His forceful, yet reasonable, disposition helped him become the driving force behind basketball becoming accepted as an official sport in the Olympics in 1936. Forrest later coached in the 1952 Summer Olympics, leading the United States to the gold medal in Helsinki, Finland. He was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 and into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He died at the age of 88 in Lawrence, Kansas.

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