Fran Dunphy

Fran Dunphy (born October 5, 1948)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: La Salle Explorers
Current conference: Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10)
Penn record: 310-163 (.655)
Temple record: 270-162 (.625)
La Salle record: 31-36 (.463)
Overall record: 611-361 (.629)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2022-present La Salle
2006-2019 Temple
1989-2006 Penn
1988-1989 Penn (asst)
1985-1988 La Salle (asst)
1980-1984 American (asst)
1979-1980 La Salle (asst)
1971-1975 Army (asst)

Fran Dunphy Facts

  • Francis Joseph Dunphy
  • Born October 5, 1948
  • Hometown: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: La Salle University (BS, 1970) / Villanova University (MA, 1979)
  • Played four years for the La Salle Explorers under head coaches Jim Harding and Tom Gola
  • Started coaching career in 1971 as an assistant under Dan Dougherty at Army
  • Served two stints as an assistant coach at his alma mater, La Salle, under head coaches Lefty Ervin and Speedy Morris
    • Spent two years in between as the head coach at Malvern Prep outside of Philadelphia, PA (his alma mater)
    • Also worked as an assistant for four seasons at American under Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams
  • Became an assistant under Tom Schneider at Penn in 1988 and took over as head coach a year later
  • Left Penn for Temple in 2006, where he served as the head coach for thirteen seasons
    • Led the Owls to eight NCAA Tournaments, including a run of six straight (2008-13)
    • Won four conference titles (three A-10 and one AAC) and three Atlantic 10 Tournaments
    • First man to serve as head coach of two different “Big 5” basketball programs (Penn & Temple)
    • Served as a teacher off the court within Temple’s Fox School of Business and previously at Wharton School (Penn)
    • Announced in April 2018 that he will be retiring after the 2018-19 season; assistant coach Aaron McKie was named as his successor at Temple
      • 2018-19 Owls earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, the eighth bid for Dunphy at Temple (17th total)
      • Dunphy was honored with the 2019 Gene Bartow Award, which recognizes “outstanding achievement and contributions to the game”
  • In June 2020, Temple announced that Dunphy would return as Acting Director of Athletics for the Owls
  • Made a return to coaching in April 2022, becoming the new head coach at his alma mater La Salle

Fran Dunphy Coaching Tree