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December 23, 2013

December 24, 1916 UCM (State Normal) Basketball Schedule Dr. Phog Allen, Warrensburg

Coach Phog Allen was the coach at Warrensburg - UCM before going to Kansas University, KU.

1918 Dr. Forrest "Phog" Allen, Head Coach, Warrensburg, MO  UCM Warrensburg Normal
1918 Dr. Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, Coach, Warrensburg, MO  UCM Warrensburg Normal
Warrensburg Has Heavy Schedule
The Warrensburg Normal basketballeers, notwithstanding the refusal of the Valley Confernce to admit the school to the organization, has gone right ahead booking big league contests with the bet teams in the West.  Coach (Phog) Allen's give will meet the Rolla Miners, Oklahoma University, University of Kansas, Haskell Indians, University of Nebraska, Kansas Aggies (State), Kansas Normals, Washburgn and the Kansas Wesleyans of Salina. The schedule is the hardest for the Normal School in the history of the school.

Forrest “Phog” Allen


“You can’t coach basketball, Forrest, you play it.”
—Dr. James Naismith
After the CMSTC today UCM Mules won the 1938 NAIB Championship, Dr. James Naismith, presented the national championship trophy to Mules head coach Tad. C. Reid, said, "No other team can claim the intercollegiate championship of this nation."  Central Missouri defeated Roanoke 45-30 to claim the national crown.

1938_NAIA_Men's_Division_I_Basketball_TournamentShort and simply, Phog Allen is a basketball legend. In fact, by the time he was finished coaching, he had more wins than any coach in college basketball history. He became known as the “Father of Basketball Coaching,” compiling an amazing record of 771–233 in nearly fifty years on the bench. He was instrumental in making basketball an Olympic sport and left a legacy that few coaches have matched.

Forrest Clare “Phog” Allen was born on November 18, 1885, in Jamesport, Missouri. He graduated from Independence High School near Kansas City, where he was an outstanding basketball player. Despite the fact that he was only about six feet tall, he took his amazing on-court abilities to the University of Kansas and won the honor of All-American twice, while also coaching the team during his final year on the squad.

After graduating from KU, Allen took a coaching job at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, for two years. He compiled a record of 46–2, a winning percentage almost unheard of for a new coach. The outstanding success opened doors for more coaching jobs, including a position at Haskell Institute and then at Warrensburg Teacher’s College (University of Central Missouri UCM). He amassed an amazing record at Warrensburg of 107–7 during his six years at the school. After achieving such phenomenal success at smaller universities, he finally was offered a major coaching position at the school where he made his name as a player.


Phog Allen officially took over the helm as head coach at the University of Kansas in 1920. His impact on the game as coach was swift. The Jayhawks under his helm won the national championship a mere three years after his arrival. Over the next nearly forty years at the university, he racked up nearly six hundred wins.

Allen died in 1974 and it has been more than a half-century since he last coached, but his impact on the game is still felt today. He spearheaded an effort to make basketball an Olympic sport in 1936 and then led the team to the gold medal sixteen years later. He also founded and became the first president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). His professional honors include the Helm’s Foundation “Basketball Man of the Year” in 1952, the NABC National Coach of the Year in 1950, and a second national championship with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1952.

*His college basketball coach at the University of Kansas was Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.

*He was a leading proponent behind the formation of the NCAA basketball tournament.

*He was a charter inductee into the Naismith National Basketball Hall of Fame.

*Allen Fieldhouse at the Kansas University is named in his honor.