Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Fran Dunphy Era Continues

Temple's Fran Dunphy heads into his 23rd season as a Division I coach.

The Fran Dunphy Era Continues


If Temple loses its opener to Penn Monday night, head coach Fran Dunphy will see his winning percentage with the Owls drop to .655 ... which is fitting because that was his winning percentage in 17 seasons with the Quakers.

After starting 18-26, Dunphy's Temple teams are 92-31 since mid-January of his second season with them.

His 22 seasons coaching Division I basketball in the city is behind only the 24 put up by his predecessor on North Broad Street and a pair of quarter-century coaches.

The city's coaches who have spent 15 or more consecutive years on the Division I level (all records are through the 2010-11 season):

Coach School(s)    Yrs.       Seasons Record Pct.
Bill Ferguson Saint Joseph's     25 1929-53    309-208    .598
Al Severance Villanova 25 1937-61 413-201 .673
John Chaney Temple 24 1983-06 516-253 .671
Fran Dunphy Penn/Temple 22 1990-11 420-220 .656
Harry Litwack Temple 21 1953-73 373-193 .659
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Rollie Massimino     Villanova 19 1974-92 355-241 .596
Phil Martelli Saint Joseph's 16 1996-11 300-209 .589
Speedy Morris La Salle 15 1987-01 238-203 .540
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