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Phog Allen

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Phog Allen, Central Missouri, Baker, Haskell Indian Nations

Considered the “Father of Coaching”, Allen coached at Baker University (1905-1908), Haskell Indian Nations (1908-1909) and Warrensburg Teachers College (1912-1919).  Allen got his coaching start at Baker University in 1905, where he coached for three seasons, going 45-9.  At Warrensburg Teachers College, Allen won conference championships (1913 & 1914) in his first two seasons and finished with an 84-31 overall record.  By winning the 1913 conference championship, his team became the inaugural winner of the MIAA conference.  At Haskell Indian Nations, his teams went 27-5. 

Allen is the Founder of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and was the first President of the organization.  The organization is credited with starting the NCAA Tournament.  Additionally, Allen was the driving force behind the addition of basketball to the Olympic Games in 1936.  He coached Team USA to a gold medal in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.  He is a charter inductee into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1959) and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2006).