Phil Allen remembered
SAIT Trojans were sad to announce the death of famed men’s basketball coach Phil Allen on Jan. 16, 2016.
Allen started his tenure at SAIT in the 1978-79 season and quickly became one of the most prolific coaches in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Over the following 15 seasons, the Trojans captured nine conference titles that included seven in a row from 1980 to 1986. In that 1986 season, the Trojans captured the CCAA title after going a perfect 34-0.
Allen also won the national title in 1981.
Personal achievements for Allen include; three Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) coach of the year titles and one CCAA coach of the year nod.
The coach was known for his infectious personality and the relationships he fostered with his students.
“I had great memories with him coaching me in my younger years and playing for him,” said Carmelo Restauro on a Facebook page set up for a celebration of Allen’s life at SAIT on Feb. 12.
After that perfect season, Allen was named athletic director of SAIT and held the position for ten years, until 1996.
Allen spent time at Lakeland College, amassing more post-secondary victories (805) than any other basketball coach in Canadian history.
He had just shortened his vacation in Costa Rica with his wife Denise and planned on attending a talent inspection for Basketball Alberta before his death.