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La Salle hires Fran Dunphy as men’s basketball coach – CBS Philly


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — La Salle University has found its next men’s basketball coach and a Philadelphia hoop legend. La Salle announced Tuesday night the hiring of Fran Dunphy, 73, as the 20th head coach in program history.

Dunphy, a La Salle alum and the all-time winningest coach in Big 5 history, will try to revive the Explorers program.

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“La Salle has given me so much over the years,” Dunphy told GoExplorers.com. “It gave me the chance to play on multiple teams as a student-athlete, the opportunity to make lifelong friendships, and helped me grow into the man I am today. J look forward to working with the young men on the team, reintroducing myself to the campus community, and helping my alma mater in any way I can.

Dunphy returns to La Salle after scoring nearly 600 wins in his 30 years as a head coach at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and he coached 17 teams that entered the NCAA Tournament. during his career.

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He last coached at Temple, taking over from Naismith Hall of Famer John Chaney in 2006 until the 2019 season. Dunphy served as interim athletic director at Temple in 2020. During his 13 years as head coach of the Owls, TU appeared in the tournament eight times and defeated nationally ranked teams 18 times.

Dunphy began his head coaching career in Philadelphia in 1989 at Penn. He won 10 Ivy League titles, recorded nine 20-win campaigns and won 310 games during his 17 years as Penn’s head coach. The 310 wins remain the most ever by a Penn head coach.

“During my time at La Salle, I have met many passionate alumni who personify what it means to be an explorer,” said Vice President of Sports and Recreation Brian Baptiste. “Fran Dunphy is at the top of this list, and to be able to feature him as the 20th head coach in La Salle men’s basketball history is an honor and a privilege. In my conversations with Fran, he made it clear that he always had a passion for coaching and a burning desire to help his alma mater. I know he is thrilled to get to work and I know our student-athletes will benefit from having him as a leader in our program.

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Dunphy graduated from La Salle in 1970 and was on the Exploers coaching staff in 1979 and again from 1985 to 1988.




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