Fran Fraschilla

Fran Fraschilla (born August 30, 1958)

Teams coached: Manhattan Jaspers, St. John’s Red Storm, New Mexico Lobos
Manhattan record: 86-34 (.717)
St. John’s record: 35-24 (.593)
New Mexico record: 55-41 (.573)
Overall record: 176-99 (.640)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1993, 1995, 1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  5  (1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002)
  • MAAC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1993, 1995)
  • MAAC Tournament Champion:  1  (1993)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1999-2002 New Mexico
1996-1998 St. John’s
1992-1996 Manhattan
1989-1992 Providence (asst)
1987-1989 Ohio State (asst)
1981-1987 Ohio (asst)
1980-1981 Rhode Island (asst)
1979-1980 New York Tech (asst)

Fran Fraschilla Facts

  • Francis John Fraschilla
  • Born August 30, 1958
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Alma Mater: Brooklyn College (BS, 1980)
  • Started his coaching career while he was still in undergrad, spending one year as an assistant at New York Tech
  • Joined Jack Kraft‘s staff at Rhode Island in 1980, though Kraft had to retire just one game into that season due to health concerns
    • Claude English served as interim head coach for most of the 1980-81 season, leading the Rams (with Fraschilla as an assistant coach) to the 1981 NIT
  • Worked as an assistant at Ohio for a total of six years under head coaches Danny Nee and Billy Hahn
  • Spent two years as an assistant at Ohio State under Hall of Fame head coach Gary Williams
  • Left OSU for Providence in 1989, where he worked under Rick Barnes for three seasons
  • Became a head coach in 1992, leading the Manhattan Jaspers for four seasons
  • Hired as the head coach at St. John’s in 1996, taking over a team that had won just 11 games the year prior
    • Led the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament in 1998, finishing with 20+ wins for the fourth time in his career
    • Left St. John’s after just two seasons due to conflicting and unconfirmed reasons
    • Worked as a scout with the New York Knicks during the 1998-99 season
  • Returned to college in 1999, hired as the head coach of the New Mexico Lobos
    • Won 55 games in three years at UNM, leading the Lobos to three straight NITs
    • Despite not having any losing seasons, Fraschilla resigned as head coach after the 2001-02 season
  • Fraschilla has had a long second career working in broadcasting with ESPN, serving as an analyst primarily on Big 12 games but also for FIBA international events
    • He has also provided commentary during the NBA Draft as well as on broadcasts for marquee high school games
  • Along with his wife, Meg, has two sons, James, who played at Oklahoma and Matthew, who played at Harvard

Fran Fraschilla Coaching Tree