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Fran Dunphy Biography
Born on October 5, 1948, Fran Dunphy is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of Temple University. He succeeded John Chaney in 2006.
Dunphy's coaching career began at the United States Military Academy (197172), where he served as an assistant under head coach Dan Dougherty. In 1975, he left Army to become head coach of his high school alma mater, Malvern Prep. He remained there until becoming Lefty Ervins assistant at La Salle University (197980). The following year, Dunphy joined former Maryland head coach Gary Williams staff at American University. He returned to La Salle in 1985, serving one more season under Ervin and assisting Speedy Morris for two seasons. He left La Salle to become head coach Tom Schneider's top assistant at Penn in 1988. Dunphy succeeded Schneider as Penn head coach a year later.
Dunphy was introduced as the head coach at Temple on April 10, 2006 after legendary Owls coach John Chaney retired the previous month. By taking the job, Dunphy became the first man ever to lead two Big 5 basketball programs.
In 2008, Dunphy coached Temple to the Atlantic 10 tournament championship. He also won the Herb Good Eastern Coach of the Year Award for the 200708 season. They lost a close game to Michigan State (who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen) in the first round of the 2008 NCAA tournament. The 2009 team placed 2nd in the A10 conference for the second straight season. The Owls repeated as Atlantic 10 tournament champions 2009; Temple University is the first A10 team to repeat as A10 tournament champions since TU accomplished this task under the reign of John Chaney 200001. Dunphy's 2009-10 Temple team won 11 of its first 13 games, including a victory over cross-town rival and then-third ranked Villanova, before falling to top-ranked Kansas. The 2009-10 team also ranked in the top twenty-five for more than eleven straight weeks in both major polls, and won its third consecutive Atlantic 10 tournament title. However, for the third straight season, Dunphy's Owls lost in the first round of NCAA tournament, this time to Ivy League champion Cornell.
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