Phog Allen was born on November 18, 1885, in Jameson the village in Davies County, Missouri, United States. Phog Allen’s parents were William Allen and Mary Elexzene Perry, his parents were blessed with six sons including him.
Phog Allen Education Details
In 1887, they left Jameson village and went to Independence, Missouri. Here Allen and his brothers schooled at Independence High school and took part actively in sports that are football, baseball, athletics but especially in the game of basketball. In 1889 Allen’s older brother Pete organized the Independence Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) basketball team. In March the Independence Young Men’s Christian Association team played the University of Kansas team from Lawrence, Kansas, which was coached by the physical education director James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
Allen failed to pass every level in Independence High School. In the break of 1902, he went to do some activities for the Kansas City Railroad as an axeman, his work was to wield an axe, especially to cut down trees and load stakes on the track. After one year he returned to Independence and joined the Kansas Athletic Club, where he became the best basketball player on the team, in 1904 he was made the captain of Kansas City Athletic. In this year the Allen and his six brothers teamed and formed their own basketball crew, which existed for five years through 1908. In 1904, still Naismith took note of Allen and told Allen to enroll at the University of Kansas when Allen successfully secured sponsors for an Amateur Athletic Union-sponsored basketball tournament, which was able to beat Allen’s Kansas City Athletic Club team against the Buffalo Germans, winner of the 1904 Amateur Athletic Union Tournament. Kansas City Athletic Club managed to beat the Germans in most of the games they were able to play in their home ground. Allen had been able to create a basketball event, successfully promoted it, won it, and then cashed in on it.
Phog Allen Career Details
Allen enrolled at the University of Kansas at the end of 1905, though he had failed to graduate from high school. Allen had played only one season of basketball for Kansas when officials at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, approached him with an offer to coach their team.
Naismith dismissed the coaching offer that Allen was given by saying that he can’t coach a game like a basketball that he should play it. Allen did not agree with Naismith’s opinion, he went on and accepted the offer and coached at Baker from 1906 to 1908. He was an instructor at the University of Kansas from 1908 to 1909 and at an Indian Institute.
At the end of the 1909 season, Allen’s college record was 115 to 23. On 25th June 1908, Allen took some time out of his coaching career. He did so that he could settle and start a life with Bessie Milton, whom he had met when he was still living in Independence. Allen and his wife Bessie were blessed with six children together. Allen got interested in a medical career and joined the Central College of Osteopathy based in Kansas. His decision to enroll was motivated partly by a back injury he suffered as a member of the University of Kansas football team when he began his first year there. In 1912, he got his bachelor’s degree in osteopathy and was posted as a coach and an administrator at a University in Warrensburg, Missouri. Allen coached most games there for seven years, resigning in 1919. As a coach, he posted 84 to 31 records in basketball and a 29 to 17 to 2 in football. He practiced osteopathic medicine in Warrensburg. He then got a position as director at the University of Kansas in the field of Athletics.
Allen started his journey at the university of Kansas in 1920. In 1924, Allen was able to explore his authorial skills and published several books. Throughout his coaching career, Allen was a trained upcoming young star in college in the basketball field, and also, he did this around the world. Allen was made director of Olympic Basketball but resigned after a dispute with AAU.
Allen also served in raising the basketball goal from ten feet to twelve feet. His last season as Kansas head coach was in 1956 since he had reached the required retirement age of 70. Allen taught others to coach. He fostered growth in North America and founded the NABC.