Fran McCaffery

Fran McCaffery (born May 23, 1959)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Iowa Hawkeyes
Current conference: Big Ten Conference
Lehigh record: 49-39 (.557)
UNC Greensboro record: 90-87 (.508)
Siena record: 112-51 (.687)
Iowa record: 281-191 (.595)
Overall record: 532-368 (.591)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2010-present Iowa
2005-2010 Siena
1999-2005 UNC Greensboro
1988-1999 Notre Dame (asst)
1985-1988 Lehigh
1983-1985 Lehigh (asst)
1982-1983 Penn (asst)

Fran McCaffery Facts

  • Francis John McCaffery
  • Born May 23, 1959
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: University of Pennsylvania (BS, 1982) / Lehigh University (M.Ed., 1985)
  • Started his playing career at Wake Forest (under Carl Tacy) before playing three seasons for Bob Weinhauer at Penn
    • After graduation, spent one season as an assistant coach (and head sub-varsity coach) at Penn under Craig Littlepage
  • Got his master’s degree from Lehigh while working as an assistant coach there under head coach Tom Schneider
  • Took over as Lehigh’s head coach in 1985, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the country (age 26)
    • Went 49-39 in three seasons at Lehigh, winning the 1988 ECC Tournament to reach the Big Dance
  • Spent eleven years as an assistant at Notre Dame under Digger Phelps and John MacLeod
  • Next head coaching jobs were a six-year tenure at UNC Greensboro and five years at Siena
    • Led the Saints to three-straight MAAC Regular Season and Tournament titles, going to three NCAA Tournaments and twice winning their opening round matchup
    • First head coach to lead three different programs from “one-bid leagues” to the NCAA Tournament
  • Left Siena for Iowa on March 28, 2010, taking over a Hawkeyes team that had won just 10 games the year prior
    • Had Iowa in the NIT by year two and NCAA Tournament by year four (2014)
    • Reached the NCAA Tournament seven total times with Iowa (2014-16, 2019, and 2021-23)
    • Passed Tom Davis (270) in 2024 as the program’s all-time leader in head coaching wins (281 as of March 2024)

Fran McCaffery Coaching Tree