Kansas Jayhawks Basketball
Coaches

(all text 1996-97 University of Kansas Men's Basketball Media Guide, edited by Dean Buchan)


Larry Brown


1984-88
Seasons:5Record:135-44.754Conference:51-19.729
Coach-of-the-Year:National:1988 (Naismith Foundation)
Conference:1986
Conference Finish:1st (1)1986
2nd (3)1984, 1985, 1987
National Championship:1988
NCAA Tournament (5):Final 4 (2)1986, 1988
Sweet 16 (3)1987
Appearances1984, 1985

The sixth head coach in Kansas basketball history, Brown maintained the Jayhawks' national prominence while leading his teams to NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his five seasons. Brown accepted the head coaching position with the San Antonio spurs of the NBA following the 1987-88 season and is currently coaching the Indiana Pacers. Brown had a cumulative collegiate coaching record of 177-61 (.744) in seven season, including a five-year mark of 135-44 (.754) at Kansas.

A 1963 graduate of North Carolina, Brown was an honorable mention All-America guard under former Kansas basketball player Dean Smith. After playing on the 1964 United States gold medal winning Olympic team, Brown went on to distinguish himself first as a player then as a coach in the American Basketball Association. He also served as a head coach in the NBA following its merger with the ABA.

While the head coach at UCLA (1979-80, 1980-81), Brown led his freshman-dominated 1979-80 team to the NCAA title game before falling to Louisville, 59-54. Brown's 1985-86 Kansas team reached the NCAA Final Four, and the 1987-88 Jayhawk squad won the national title, defeating Oklahoma 83-79. He was selected as the 1986 Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year.


Ted Owens


1965-83
Seasons:19Record:348-182.657Conference:170-96.639
Coach-of-the-Year:National:1978 (Basketball Weekly)
Conference (4):1967, 1971, 1974, 1978
Conference Finish:1st (6)1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1978
2nd (6)1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1979, 1981
NCAA Tournament (7):Final 4 (2)1971, 1974
Sweet 16 (4)1966, 1981
Appearances1967, 1975, 1978

Owens ranks as the second-winningest coach in Kansas basketball history behind Phog Allen. His record of 348-182 (.657) was compiled over 19 seasons from 1964-83.

In Owens' tenure as the Jayhawks' head coach, Kansas won six Big Eight Conference titles and advanced to NCAA postseason play seven times. His 1971 and 1974 teams made it to the Final Four, and in 1968 the Jayhawks lost to Dayton in the finals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Owens was named Big Eight Coach of the Year five times and was Named National Coach of the Year in 1978 by Basketball Weekly. He coached five All-Americans: Jo Jo White, Darnell Valentine, Dave Robisch, Bud Stallworth and Walter Wesley.

A three-year letterman at Oklahoma (1949-51), Owens honed his coaching skills as head coach at Cameron State Junior College in Lawton, Okla. In four seasons his teams never won fewer than 20 games and three times advanced to the national junior college torunament semifinals. At Cameron, he amassed a 93-24 record and boasted four junior college All-Americans.

Owens then accepted an assistant's position under Dick Harp in 1960, and was promoted to head coach when Harp resigned following the 1963-64 season.


Dick Harp


1957-64

View his career-page as a player.
Seasons:8Record:121-82.596Conference:53-45.583
Conference Coach-of-the-Year:1960 (UPI)
Conference Finish:1st (2)1957, 19602nd (2)1958, 1961
NCAA Tournament (2):Final 41957Sweet 16 (2)1960

After gaining a wealth of knowledge as Phog Allen's understudy, Harp became the Jayhawks' head coach himself from 1956-1964. Harp compiled a 121-82 record in those eight seasons and led the Jayhawks to two conference titles and two NCAA tournament berths. In 1957, the Jayhawks captured the Midwest Regional and made it to the finals, only to be stopped by North Carolina in a memorable 54-53 loss in triple overtime in Kansas City, Mo. Under his guidance, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Bridges achieved All-Americal status.

Harp had served as Phog Allen's assistant for eight seasons before taking over for Allen in 1956. Prior to that Harp was head coach for two seasons at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. Harp played basketball at KU, lettering from 1938-1940 and was one of the starting guards on the 1940 team that lost to Indiana in the NCAA finals. Harp served as the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 13 years after leaving the Jayhawks. Harp is one of only five people to have played and coached in an NCAA title game. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina for Dean Smith from 1986-1989.

Harp lives in Lawrence and still attends many KU practice sessions.


Dr. Forrest C. 'Phog' Allen


1908-09, 1920-56

View his career-page as a player.
Seasons:39Record:590-219.729Conference:334-122.732
National Coach-of-the-Year:1950
Conference Finish:
1st (24)1908, 1909, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954
2nd (4)1930, 1935, 1945, 1951
National Championships (3):1922, 1923, 1952
NCAA Tournament (4):Final 4 (3)1940, 1952, 1953
Sweet 16 (4)1942

The winningest coach in Kansas basketball history, Allen compiled a record of 590-219 in 39 seasons as the Jayhawk head coach.

All totaled, Allen won 746 games, a record since broken by one of Allen's former players, the legendary Adolph Rupp of Kentucky.

As a student at KU, Allen's coach was "the Father of Basketball," Dr. James Naismith. When Allen was first thinking about making a career of coaching he talked with Naismith and was told, "You don't coach basketball, Forrest; you play it." Despite that bit of advice, Allen went ahead with his career and disproved Naismith.

He played basketball, too, earning three letters for the Jayhawks (1905-07), and also earning a spot on the roster of the Kansas City Athletic Club.

Allen began his coaching career in 1907, serving as Kansas' head coach for the 1907-08 and 1908-09 seasons. During that same time period, Allen also coached at Baker University in nearby Baldwin City, and added the coaching position at Haskell Institute in Lawrence in 1908-09.

He dropped out of coaching for four years and returned in 1912 as coach of all sports at Central Missouri State University. In seven years he was head coach at CMSU, his teams won seven championships and their combined record was 102-7.

Allen became Kansas' athletics director in 1919 as well as football and basketball coach. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the Kansas Relays in 1923, but basketball was his passion.

His KU teams won 24 conference championships and one NCAA title in 1952. The 1922 and 1923 teams were awarded the Helms Foundation National Championship. His 1940 and 1953 teams won the NCAA western regional, but lost in the national finals. In addition, he coached 14 All-Americans.

Allen was one of the founders of the National Basketball Coaches Association and served as its first president. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1950, and was a charter member of the Helms Foundation Basketball Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.

Allen was the driving force behind the addition of basketball to the Olympic Games in 1936. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, he conducted a personal crusade trying to coax Olympic officials to include the sport. It finally paid off when the game, invented by his coach, Dr. James Naismith, was recognized by the committee in 1936. He served as an assistant coach to the 1952 Olympic team, a combination of KU players and a team from Peoria, Ill.

He was also behind the efforts of the implementation of the NCAA Tournament, played for the first time in 1939.

Allen Fieldhouse, named for him, was first opened March 1, 1955, and is still the home court for KU basketball.

Allen died on September 16, 1974, at the age of 88 and is buried in Lawrence Oak Hill Cemetery.


Howard Engleman


1947

View his career-page as a player.
Record:8-6.571Conference:5-5.500

Engleman finished the 1947 season as head coach after Dr. Allen was ordered to take a rest following the 13th game.


Karl Schlademan


1920
Record:1-01.000

Schlademan coached the first game of the 1920 season before Dr. Allen took over.


W. O. Hamilton


1910-1919
Seasons:10Record:125-59.679Conference:83-46.643
Conference Finish:1st (5)1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915
2nd (1)1913

The Jayhawks' third head coach, Hamilton bridged the gap between Phog Allen's two tenures as Kansas' coach.

Hamilton came to Kansas in 1909 as track and basketball coach, and accepted the athletics director's position in addition to his coaching duties. Prior to his appointment at Kansas, he served as director of physical education at Central High School in Kansas City, Mo., and acted in the same capacity at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

Hamilton's teams compiled a 125-59 record and captured five conference championships, including three straight from 1910-1912. Under his guidance three players achieved All-American status: Tommy Johnson in 1909 (KU's first All-American in any sport), Ralph "Lefty" Sproull in 1915 and A. C. "Dutch" Lonborg in 1919.


Dr. James Naismith


1899-1907
Seasons:9Record:55-60.478

As physical education instructor at Springfield College in the winter of 1891, Naismith was asked to come up with a game that would occupy students' time between football and baseball.

As a former rugby player, he tried to incorporate that game into an indoor contest. Passing the ball, rather than tackling, was instituted and he placed peach baskets above the players' heads for goals. From this beginning, basketball evolved into today's game.

His innovations in sports did not stop with basketball. As a football player at Springfield under Amos Alonzo Stagg, Naismith complained of bruised ears from rough play. He took a football, cut it lenghwise and placed it over his head to protect his ears. Thus, the first football helmet was invented.

The "Father of Basketball," Naismith is the only Kansas basketball coach to have a losing record. Dr. Naismith compiled a 55-60 record as the Jayhawks' first coach.

Naismith joined the KU faculty in 1898 and later became the director of physical education. He retired from active teaching in 1937 and died in 1939 at the age of 78.

The National Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Mass., is named for him. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1959. He is buried in Lawrence, Kan., in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery.

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