Men’s Basketball | April 5, 2022
PHILADELPHIA La Salle University has announced Fran Dunphya 1970 graduate and the most winning coach in Philadelphia’s Big 5 history, as the 20th head coach in the history of its men’s basketball program.
Dunphy, a member of the Philadelphia Big 5, La Salle Athletics, Penn Athletics and Philadelphia Sports Writers Halls of Fame, has amassed nearly 600 victories during his 30 years as head coach of Penn (1989-06) and Temple (2006-19) ). He is the only coach to oversee several Big 5 men’s programs, and his team has competed in 17 NCAA tournaments.
“During my time at La Salle, I have met many passionate alumni who personify what it means to be an explorer,” Vice President of Athletics & Recreation Brian Baptiste said. “Fran Dunphy is at the top of the list, and being able to present him as the 20th head coach in La Salle’s men’s basketball history is an honor and a privilege. In my conversations with Fran, he has made it clear that he still has a passion for coaching and a burning desire to help his alma mater. I know he’s excited about getting to work, and I know our student-athletes will benefit from having him as the leader of our program. “
As a dual-sport student-athlete in La Salle from 1967-70, Dunphy played both baseball and basketball for the Explorers, and was a member of the 1968-69 team coached by La Salle star Tom Gola. The team finished that season 23-1 and finished second in the last Associated Press Top 25 poll. As a senior, Dunphy averaged 18.6 points per game and also led La Salle in assists.
“La Salle has given me so much over the years,” Dunphy said. “It gave me a chance to be part of several teams as a student-athlete, an opportunity to form lifelong friendships and helped shape me into the man I am today. I can not wait to work with the young men on the team, reintroducing myself to the campus community and to helping my alma mater in any way I can. “
After his playing days, Dunphy jumped straight into coaching and was an assistant on La Salle’s 1979-80 team, earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Individually, Michael Brooks earned honors as National Player of the Year and would continue to be drafted as the 9th overall in the NBA Draft by the Clippers.
Dunphy then spent five seasons as an assistant at American University before returning home to join La Salle’s 1985-88 staff. During that time, the Explorers successfully recruited the final National Player of the Year Lionel Simmons from South Philadelphia High School, advanced to the finals of the National Invitation Tournament in 1987, and won a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in 1988.
In 1989, Dunphy was appointed head coach of the University of Pennsylvania. Over the next 17 seasons, he would win 10 Ivy League titles, post nine seasons with 20 wins and amass a total of 310 wins – the most by any coach in Penn’s history. The Quakers won 48 Ivy League games in a row from 1992-96, and his ’93 -94 team won 25-3, was ranked as high as No. 24 nationally and defeated Nebraska in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Dunphy’s career continued at Temple when he took over from Naismith Hall of Famer John Chaney in 2006. The Owls advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times in his 13 years, including a series of seven consecutive 2007-13 seasons. During his 13 seasons at Temple, Dunphy’s teams defeated a total of 18 times nationally ranked teams, including victories over Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse, Connecticut, Florida State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Xavier and Georgetown.
“We are so proud to present Fran Dunphy as our head coach for men’s basketball, “said William W. Matthews, III, Esq., ’90, chairman of the board of La Salle University.” Coach Dunphy is committed to excellence. He has demonstrated throughout his tremendous career that he knows how to develop players who achieve success on the field and in the classroom. As a La Salle alumnus, he knows our university’s Lasallian mission and embraces the rich history of our program, of which he was a part. Our entire university community wishes the best for Coach Dunphy and the program in the years to come. “
In 2020, Dunphy transferred to a temporary athletic director position at Temple. Over the past two years, the native Drexel Hill, Pa. been active with his alma mater. He received an honorary degree at La Salle University’s 2020 inauguration ceremony at Lincoln Financial Field and has broadcast several men’s basketball games on ESPN +.