NEW Forrest "Phog" Allen Exhibit at The College Basketball Experience
The College Basketball Experience has a new exhibit featuring Forrest C. “Phog” Allen, known in most circles as the “father of basketball coaching.” The new exhibit, researched and written by CBE executive staff member, Jeff Gelb, is displayed in the "Epochs of the Game" corridor on the first level of The CBE, across from the ESPN Call the Highlights sports desk. Graphic design for the exhibit was by Sheryl Taylor.
The game’s inventor, James Naismith, never thought the game should be coached. Fortunately, Forrest Allen had other ideas. He united basketball’s leaders in 1927 in forming the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), today the guardians of the game and founders of The College Basketball Experience. Allen was a key figure in creating the NCAA Tournament, getting basketball into the Olympics, and marketing the game with equipment endorsements. He was a man ahead of his time in many aspects and is often forgotten considering the immense popularity college basketball enjoys today. Phog Allen led his teams to three national championships and 24 conference championships, but his story goes far beyond winning. He nurtured and developed basketball from a recreational sport played in between football and track season into a national obsession.
Plan your visit to The CBE soon and discover the rich history of Phog Allen's contribution to the game of collegiate basketball.