Phog Allen

phog1November 18, 1885 – September 16, 1974

Forrest Clare Allen had many nicknames. To players he worked closely with, he was “Doc” (he was an osteopathic physician). To the larger, basketball community, he is the “Father of Basketball Coaching.” But, to most – including the legion of fans of his beloved Kansas Jayhawks – he is simply “Phog.”

Phog Allen played basketball for KU under the game’s inventor, James Naismith. He also lettered in baseball. He eventually coached both sports, along with the school’s football team. He even served as the university’s Athletic Director for nearly two decades. But it was as a basketball coach that he will always be remembered. His 50 year career influenced countless players and coaches including Hall of Famers Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Ralph Miller and Clyde Lovellette. His impact on the sport extended well outside of Lawrence, KS as well. He was a driving force in getting basketball included in the Summer Olympics and he even coached the U.S. team in Helsinki in 1952.

He was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. The Jayhawks’ home arena since 1955 is named after Allen. Phog died at the age of 88 in Lawrence.


Oak Hill Cemetery – Lawrence, KS

Specific Location

Section 13; Enter the cemetery’s west gate, turn left at the first fork in the road and follow it around section 13 keeping right, just after you pass a small, triangular traffic island with a private mausoleum on your left, the Allen family marker will be on your right.


NOTE: Oak Hill Cemetery is directly across the street from Memorial Park Cemetery where Naismith is buried.


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