Frank McGuire

Frank McGuire (1913-1994)

Teams coached: St. John’s Redmen, North Carolina Tar Heels, South Carolina Gamecocks
St. John’s record: 102-36 (.739)
North Carolina record: 164-58 (.739)
South Carolina record: 283-142 (.666)
Overall record^: 549-236 (.699)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1964-1980 South Carolina
1961-1962 Philadelphia Warriors
1952-1961 North Carolina
1947-1952 St. John’s

Frank McGuire Facts

  • Frank Joseph McGuire
  • Born November 8, 1913
  • Died October 11, 1994
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: St. John’s University (BA, 1936)
  • The youngest of thirteen attended Xavier HS in Manhattan, then played at St. John’s for head coach James “Buck” Freeman
  • Was a teacher and coach at Xavier HS before joining the Navy and serving during World War II
  • Returned to his alma mater St. John’s in 1947 as the basketball and baseball head coach
    • Led the Redmen baseball team to the College World Series in 1949, the first ever appearance for the program
    • On the basketball court, McGuire’s teams won 102 games and finished as the runner-Up in the 1952 NCAA Tournament
  • Left SJU for North Carolina – then an unheralded program – in 1952
    • Recruited a number of NYC-area prospects to Chapel Hill during his tenure there
    • Won five ACC regular season titles in nine seasons at UNC and left there with 164 total victories
    • Resigned in 1961 amidst rumors of point shaving by Tar Heels players and other NCAA violations
  • Spent one season as the head coach of the Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA, going 49-31
    • Coached HOFer Wilt Chamberlain during the season in which he averaged over 50 ppg and achieved his 100-point game
    • The franchise moved to San Francisco after the season and McGuire resigned to avoid moving out West
  • Returned to the college ranks in 1964, spending the next sixteen seasons as the head coach at South Carolina
    • Won the ACC title once, the ACC Tournament once and went to four NCAA Tournaments (three Sweet 16s) and three NITs during his tenure
  • Was the first and is one of just four head coaches to take two different programs to the NCAA Division I final game
  • Passed away in Columbia, SC in 1994 at the age of 80, two years after suffering a major stroke
    • Survived by his wife, Jane, and three children by a previous marriage

Frank McGuire Coaching Tree

  • Larry Brown (SMU, Kansas, UCLA + 10x NBA/ABA teams)
  • Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State)
  • Billy Cunningham (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Al DeStanfano (St. John’s)
  • Mike Dunleavy (Tulane + 4x NBA teams)
  • George Felton (South Carolina)
  • Tom Gola (La Salle)
  • Ben Jobe (Southern, Tuskegee, Alabama A&M, Denver)
  • Al McGuire (Marquette)
  • Dick McGuire (New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons)
  • Jack McMahon (4x NBA/ABA teams)
  • Doug Moe (Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs)
  • Ken Rosemond (Georgia)
  • Dean Smith (North Carolina)
  • Donnie Walsh (Denver Nuggets)
  • Brad Winters (Indiana Fever, Vancouver Grizzlies)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only