PHILADELPHIA - The end of an era came Monday afternoon, as Temple University announced the hiring of longtime University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy at a press conference at the Owls’ Liacouras Center.
Dunphy, 57, becomes the first coach in history to make the move from one Philadelphia Big 5 school to another, and he leaves behind an unmatched legacy with the Quakers.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the people at Penn,” said Dunphy. “I was given my first head coaching job 17 years ago, and I am grateful for the opportunities I had to coach great players and great men and have success doing it. Working with the people at Penn made me a better human being, and for that I am grateful.
“That said, I am excited for the opportunity I am taking on at Temple. It is a great program with a history of success, and I look forward to continuing that tradition and keeping the Owls in the national spotlight.”
“We appreciate all the great years and the hard work that Fran has put into the Penn program over the last 17 seasons,” said Penn athletics director Steve Bilsky. “Fran will ultimately be measured by the success he had here, both on the court and in the way he touched the lives of so many people affiliated with the Penn basketball program and the University community. We are all the better for having had him in our program, and we wish him well as he takes this next step.”
Dunphy departs Penn having won a school-record 310 games during his tenure, including a 190-48 mark in Ivy League play. His 190 Ancient Eight victories place him second all-time in League history. He coached the Quakers to 10 Ivy League championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances -- all of them since 1993 -- and his players combined to earn nine Ivy League Player of the Year awards, two Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, and 25 first-team All-Ivy recognitions. Dunphy had two players who were two-time Ivy League Player of the Year (Jerome Allen, Ugonna Onyekwe) and three who received first-team All-Ivy three times (Allen, Matt Maloney, Michael Jordan).