|Q: Born in Missouri, he became a college basketball legend in Kansas. Monday (November 18) marks the 128th anniversary of his birth in Jamesport, Mo. What’s his name?
A: Forrest “Phog" Allen, the legendary KU coach and "Father of Basketball Coaching"
Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen was born in Jamesport, Mo., on Nov. 18, 1885. Allen was an athlete, primarily a basketball and baseball player, but he made a real name for himself as a coach. He coached other sports but is best remembered as the head basketball coach at the University of Kansas, where he spent most of his career.
Of course, other schools can also lay claim to the man who became known as “the father of basketball coaching.” In addition to KU, Phog Allen led basketball teams at Baker University, Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg). He compiled a career college basketball record of 746–264. During 39 seasons at KU, his teams won 24 conference titles and three national championships.
Is that all? Not by a long shot. Phog Allen also…
*Helped create the NCAA Tournament.
Fun Factoid: He acquired the nickname "Phog" for the distinctive foghorn voice he had as a baseball umpire (before coming to KU).
Another Fun Factoid: Phog Allen coached former Kansas Senator Bob Dole at KU!