Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen
  • Charter Inductee KSHOF 1961
  • Winningest coach in KU history with 590 wins
  • Retired as winningest coach in NCAA history with 746 wins
  • First President of National Association of Basketball Coaches
  • Coached Helms Foundation National Championship teams at KU 1922 and '23.
  • Charter inductee Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Helped start NCAA Tournament
  • KU's Allen Field House named in his honor
Allen, Dr. Forrest "Phog"
Inducted 1961

Born: 1885 - Jamesport, MO

Died: September 16, 1974 - Lawrence, Kansas.

Graduated: Independence (Missouri) H.S., 1905; University of Kansas, 1909; Central College of Osteopathy, 1912.


The winningest coach in Kansas University basketball history, Dr. Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen compiled a record of 590-219 in his 39 seasons as the Jayhawk head coach from 1907 to 1909 and again from 1919-56. From 1909-1919, Allen coached at Baker University, Haskell Indian Institute and Central (Missouri) Teachers College, before returning to KU as head coach in 1919. All totaled, Allen 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.

Career Highlights

The 1922 and 1923 teams were awarded the Helms Foundation National Championship. His 1940 and 1953 teams also reached the NCAA championship game.  Allen was the co-founder of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and its first president.  He was named National Coach of the Year in 1950.

Basketball Influence & Legacy

Allen was the driving force behind the addition of basketball to the Olympic Games in 1936.  He was also behind the efforts of the implementation of the NCAA Tournament, played for the first time in 1939.  Allen coached future Hall of Fame coaches Adolph Rupp, Ralph Miller, and Dean Smith and 14 All-Americans while at KU.   KU's Allen Fieldhouse, named for him, was opened March 1, 1955.