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    APRIL 13, 2006
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Dunphy named new men’s basketball coach


Fran Dunphy, who guided the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball program to a school-record 310 wins and 10 Ivy League championships over the past 17 years, has been named the 17th head men’s basketball coach in Temple University history.

Dunphy, who becomes the first person to serve as the head men’s basketball coach at two Philadelphia Big 5 institutions, takes over the reins from Hall of Fame coach John Chaney, who announced his retirement on March 13 after leading Temple to 516 wins and 23 postseason appearances in 24 years.

“Fran Dunphy is the ideal person to take over the Temple men’s basketball program,” President David Adamany said.

“Like his predecessor, legendary coach John Chaney, he is a proven winner in basketball and in the academic achievement of his student-athletes.

 He shares our aspirations, our high standards and our work ethic. I know that Fran Dunphy will not rest until Temple basketball and Temple University are among the very best in the nation.”

“Temple is fortunate to have one of the premier Division I coaches in the nation — Fran Dunphy — take the baton from John Chaney,” Director of Athletics Bill Bradshaw said. “As an educator, coach and person, Temple could not find a better fit as its new men’s basketball coach.  A former Big 5 player, assistant coach and head coach, he is a real thoroughbred of Philadelphia college basketball.”

One of the most respected coaches in the nation, Dunphy has personified success over his coaching career. Besides the Ivy League championships and school-record win total, his impressive resume includes nine NCAA Tournament appearances, nine 20-win seasons, three Philadelphia Big 5 City Series titles, seven Ivy League Players of the Year, three Ivy League Rookies of the Year, five perfect Ivy League seasons and 41 All-Ivy League honorees.

“I am excited about the opportunity to coach at Temple University and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in keeping Owls basketball among the nation’s elite programs,” Dunphy said. ”My time at Penn has been a rewarding one. I want to personally thank all my student-athletes, the administration, students, alumni and fans for making my time there so very special.”       

John Chaney and Fran Dunphy

Prior to joining Penn’s coaching staff, Dunphy served as an assistant under Speedy Morris at his alma mater, La Salle University (1985–86 through 1987–88). The 57-year-old-Philadelphia native’s coaching career began at the U.S. Military Academy (1971–72), and continued when he became head coach of his high school alma mater, Malvern Prep. He remained there until becoming Lefty Ervin’s assistant at La Salle (1979–80).

The following year, Dunphy joined current Maryland head coach Gary Williams’ staff at American University. He returned to La Salle in 1985, serving one more season under Ervin and assisting Speedy Morris for two seasons. He left La Salle to become Tom Schneider’s top assistant at Penn in 1988.

In 1989, Dunphy was named the 16th head coach at Penn. He would compile a 310-163 overall record in his 17-year career. 

A full-time educator on and off the court, Dunphy has served as a lecturer in the Wharton Executive Education program and in the management department of the Wharton School. He is one of the leaders in the local Coaches vs. Cancer campaign and was named to the National Council of Coaches vs. Cancer. He was also honored as the 2002 National Coaches vs. Cancer Coach of the Year for his service and tireless dedication to those in need.

Dunphy also devotes time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Philadelphia’s Board of Directors, and his Penn teams have participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program each year. He is also a member of the Philadelphia CYO Hall of Fame and the corporate committee of the National Adoption Center’s annual gala.

A 1970 La Salle graduate with a degree in marketing, Dunphy was an outstanding player under Explorers head coach Tom Gola. In 1979, he earned a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University. In addition, he completed his coursework toward his doctorate in counseling and student development at American University.
Dunphy and his wife, Ree, live in Villanova, Pa., with their son, J.P.