Fran Dunphy

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Fran Dunphy
Fran Dunphy.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Temple
Record 197–113 (.635)
Biographical details
Born (1948-10-05) October 5, 1948 (age 67)
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1967–1970 La Salle
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1971–1975 Army (asst.)
1977–1979 Malvern Prep
1979–1980 La Salle (asst.)
1980–1984 American (asst.)
1985–1988 La Salle (asst.)
1988–1989 Penn (asst.)
1989–2006 Penn
2006–present Temple
Head coaching record
Overall 507–276 (.648)
Accomplishments and honors
  • 2× Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2010, 2012)
  • AAC Coach of the Year (2015)

Francis Joseph Dunphy (born (1948-10-05)October 5, 1948) is an American college basketball coach. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at Temple University. He succeeded John Chaney in 2006.

Coaching career[edit]

Dunphy's coaching career began at the United States Military Academy (1971–72), where he served as an assistant under head coach Dan Dougherty. In 1977 he became the head basketball coach and accounting teacher of his high school alma mater, Malvern Prep. He remained there until becoming Lefty Ervin’s assistant at La Salle University (1979–80). The following year, Dunphy joined 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 head coach Tom Schneider's top assistant at Penn in 1988. Dunphy succeeded Schneider as Penn head coach a year later.


In 1989, Dunphy was named the 16th head coach at Penn. He compiled a 310–163 overall record and won 10 Ivy League titles in his 17-year career. Dunphy's 310 wins are the most by any Penn coach and are second all-time in the Ivy League to Princeton's Pete Carril. His Quaker teams won 48 straight Ivy League games and four league titles from 1992 through 1996. His 1993–94 team had a 25–3 record and was ranked 25th in the CNN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the program’s first such ranking since 1978–79. In 1994, Penn upset sixth-seeded Nebraska 90–80 in the NCAA Tournament.

Dunphy vs. the Ivy League

  • Brown 28-6
  • Columbia 28-6
  • Cornell 30-4
  • Dartmouth 30-4
  • Harvard 29-5
  • Princeton 20-15
  • Yale 26-9


Dunphy was introduced as the head coach at Temple on April 10, 2006 after legendary Owls coach John Chaney retired the previous month. By taking the job, Dunphy became the first man ever to lead two Big 5 basketball programs.

In 2008, Dunphy coached Temple to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship. He also won the Herb Good Eastern Coach of the Year Award for the 2007–08 season. They lost a close game to Michigan State (who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament. The 2009 team placed 2nd in the A10 conference for the second straight season. The Owls repeated as Atlantic 10 tournament champions 2009; Temple University is the first A10 team to repeat as A10 tournament champions since TU accomplished this task under the reign of John Chaney 2000–01. Dunphy's 2009-10 Temple team won 11 of its first 13 games, including a victory over cross-town rival and then-third ranked Villanova, before falling to top-ranked Kansas. The 2009-10 team also ranked in the top twenty-five for more than eleven straight weeks in both major polls, and won its third consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament title. However, for the third straight season, Dunphy's Owls lost in the first round of NCAA tournament, this time to Ivy League champion Cornell.

Dunphy would finally claim his first NCAA tournament victory in the 2010-11 season when Temple knocked off inner-state rival Penn St. 66-64 in the second round on a last second buzzer-beater by sophomore Juan Fernandez. Temple would lose in the following round to no. 2 seeded San Diego State 71-64 in a gut-wrenching double overtime thriller. Dunphy would lead the Owls back to the tournament in the 2011-12 season, only to be upset in the second round by South Florida 58-44. In the following season after losing senior guards Juan Fernandez and Ramone Moore, Dunphy led the Owls to an early season upset of then no.3 Syracuse - a team that eventually made the Final Four - at Madison Square Garden and no.21 VCU on the final day of the regular season to secure a 6th straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Owls would knock off no.8-seeded North Carolina State 76-72 in the second round before losing to no.1-seeded Indiana 58-52 in a game that Temple led the majority of the way.


Dunphy attended St. Dorothy's grade school in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and then went on to attend Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He is a 1970 La Salle graduate with a degree in marketing. While at La Salle, he played under head coach Tom Gola. As a junior, he helped the Explorers to a 23–1 record. He served as a co-captain his senior year when he averaged 18.6 ppg and led the team in assists, while also being named the MVP of the annual Quaker City Basketball Tournament. 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, reside in Villanova, Pennsylvania with their son, J.P. Dunphy.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Penn (Ivy League) (1989–2006)
1989–90 Penn 12–14 7–7 T–3rd
1990–91 Penn 9–17 6–8 T–3rd
1991–92 Penn 16–10 9–5 2nd
1992–93 Penn 22–5 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
1993–94 Penn 25–3 14–0 1st NCAA Second Round
1994–95 Penn 22–6 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
1995–96 Penn 17–10 12–3 T–1st Lost one–game playoff with Princeton
1996–97 Penn 12–14 8–6 4th
1997–98 Penn 17–12 10–4 2nd
1998–99 Penn 21–6 13–1 1st NCAA First Round
1999–00 Penn 21–8 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
2000–01 Penn 12–17 9–5 T–2nd
2001–02 Penn 25–7 12–3 T–1st NCAA First Round
2002–03 Penn 22–6 14–0 1st NCAA First Round
2003–04 Penn 17–10 10–4 T–2nd
2004–05 Penn 20–9 13–1 1st NCAA First Round
2005–06 Penn 20–9 12–2 1st NCAA First Round
Penn: 310–163 (.655) 191–48 (.799)
Temple (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2006–2013)
2006–07 Temple 12–18 6–10 10th
2007–08 Temple 21–13 11–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2008–09 Temple 22–12 11–5 T–2nd NCAA First Round
2009–10 Temple 29–6 14–2 1st NCAA First Round
2010–11 Temple 26–8 14–2 2nd NCAA Third Round
2011–12 Temple 24–8 13–3 1st NCAA Second Round
2012–13 Temple 24–10 11–5 T–3rd NCAA Third Round
Temple (American Athletic Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Temple 9–22 4–14 9th
2014–15 Temple 26–11 13–5 T–3rd NIT Semifinals
2015–16 Temple 12–7 5–2
Temple: 197–113 (.635) 97–51 (.655)
Total: 507–276 (.648)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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