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Dr. F. C. “Phog” Allen

 
 
Dr. F. C. "Phog" Allen Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 2, 2011
1. Dr. F. C. "Phog" Allen Marker
Inscription.
As a University of Kansas student in 1905, Phog Allen played basketball for the inventor of the game, Dr. James Naismith. His performance produced three Letters from 1905-1907 and earned him a place on the roster of the K. C. Athletic Club.

His coaching career at the University of Kansas began in 1907 and continued through 1909. When Allen told Dr. Naismith that he wanted to coach, Naismith replied "You do not coach basketball, you play it."

Not only did he fill the coaching position at the University of Kansas but simultaneously coached at Baker University in nearby Baldwin City and at Haskell Indian Institute in Lawrence. After the 1909 season he dropped out of coaching until 1912 when he began coaching at Central Missouri State University. His enviable record of 102 wins versus 7 losses and 7 titles established him as a coach to be revered.

He moved back to the University of Kansas in 1919 to serve as Athletic Director, Football and Basketball Coach and in 1923 he initiated the K.U. Relays. However basketball was his passion. His K.U. teams won 24 conference titles, the NCAA in 1952 and his 1922 and 1923 teams were awarded the National Title by the Helms Foundation. His 1940 and 1953 teams won the NCAA Western Region Title but lost in the Finals. He also coached 14 All-Americans.

Phog Allen
Dr. James Naismith Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Dr. James Naismith Memorial
was one of the founders of the Basketball Coaches Assoc., was named Coach of the Year in 1950, Charter Member of the Helms Basketball Hall of Fame, and elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.
 
Location. 38° 57.377′ N, 95° 12.908′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street and Elmwood Street, on the right when traveling east on 15th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at the Dr. James Naismith Memorial in Lawrence Memorial Park cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1517 East 15th Street, Lawrence KS 66044, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arthur C. "Dutch" Lonborg ( here, next to this marker); Larry Brown ( here, next to this marker); Adolph Frederick Rupp ( here, next to this marker); Dean Smith ( here, next to this marker); Dr. James Naismith ( here, next to this marker); Lawrence Veterans' Memorial ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Citizens Memorial Monument ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Forrest "Phog" Allen. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen. (Submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on April 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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