Phil Allen joined SAIT as the Men's Basketball Head Coach in 1978-1979 and began an odyssey of success unequalled in the history of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). Between 1978 and 1996, in 15 years behind the bench, Allen's teams won nine ACAC Championships including an unprecedented seven in a row from 1980 to 1986. Phil also guided his teams to two CCAA National Championships in 1981 and the undefeated (34-0) team of 1986. His teams compiled a winning regular season mark of .801 and a playoff winning percentage of .790 while producing nine All-Canadians and 30 ACAC All-Stars. Coach Allen was named ACAC Coach of the Year three times, the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year in 1983, and holds the record for most wins for a men's basketball coach in the ACAC.
In 1986, Phil became only the fourth Athletic Director in SAIT's history and held the post until 1996. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Trojan Athletic Foundation and remains one of the Foundation's founding members. Phil also initiated the SAIT Holiday Classic Men's Basketball Tournament which still takes place each December. Phil Allen's efforts and coaching abilities were instrumental in putting SAIT men's basketball on the ACAC and CCAA map, where they continue to be today.