Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Forrest "Phog" Clare Allen
November 18, 1885 - September 16, 1974
Father of Basketball Coaching
Known as "Phog" for his foghorn umpire calls and "Doc" for his osteopathic skills ("I won more games at the training table than on the sidelines"), Allen was KU's head basketball coach from 1920 until his retirement in 1956.
Truly a great teacher, with a career win-loss record of 746-264, Phog coached 14 All-Americans; 24 Conference Championships at Kansas; 3 National Championships teams and was National Coach of the Year in 1950.
Before helping establish an NCAA post-season tournament in 1939, Allen was instrumental in establishing basketball as an Olympic sport beginning in 1936 at the Berlin Games.
Married to Elizabeth Milton in 1908, "Bessie" was tutor to innumerable players, editor of articles and books written by her husband and hostess for media, fellow coaches and fans.
The Allens were the proud parents of six children: Mary (Hamilton); Forrest, Jr.; Milton; Jane (Mons); Robert; and Eleanor (Nelson).
When asked what his favorite team was, he said, "I will have to wait 25 years to see what kind of people they become and their contributions to society."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 38° 57.259′ N, 95° 15.125′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is on Naismith Drive, on the right when traveling south. Monument is on the east plaza of the Booth Family Hall of Athletics at Allen Fieldhouse, on the University of Kansas campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence KS 66045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. California and Oregon Trails Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War II Memorial Campanile (approx. half a mile away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Unknown Dead (approx. half a mile away); The Victory Eagle (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Castle Tea Room (approx. 0.9 miles away); South Park (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Phog Allen. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen. "Find A Grave" entry (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. KU Campus Sculpture Tour. (Submitted on April 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 777 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 4. submitted on December 26, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.