Dunphy replaces Chaney at Temple
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Temple has chosen a replacement for the legendary John Chaney and the school found him in its own backyard, introducing former Penn head coach Fran Dunphy at a press conference on Monday.
"Over 95 percent of those expressing interest in this position were current or former Division I head coaches," said Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw. "But none of these candidates had the combination of winning record, conference championships, NCAA appearances, community service and Philadelphia bloodlines like our new coach."
Dunphy posted a 310-163 record in 17 years with the Quakers, guiding the Ivy League power to 10 conference titles. The Quakers were 20-9 this past season and won the Ivy crown, but lost to Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I'm guessing I just got divorced from those kids," said Dunphy. "And that's not an easy thing. And while I get divorced from those guys on one hand now I accept another group of guys with open arms and I will do my best to do everything I can to help you be better."
A resident of Villanova, Dunphy graduated from La Salle University in 1970. As a junior, he helped lead the Explorers to a 23-1 record and his senior year he averaged 18.6 points and led the team in assists and was named the MVP of the annual Quaker City Basketball Tournament.
Dunphy was also an assistant at La Salle for four seasons, first in 1979-80 and then for three years from 1985-88 until joining Penn as an assistant in the fall of '88. He took over the head job the following year.
The 57-year-old Dunphy will become only the fourth Temple head coach in the last 54 years, after Chaney, Don Casey and Harry Litwack.
Chaney retired last month, leaving a sport where he has compiled 741 wins in 34 years as a head coach. The Owls went 17-15 this season, losing to Akron in the NIT.
"It is a daunting task to try to fill these shoes," said Dunphy. "To try to be a great representative of Temple University and to continue to be a great representative of Philadelphia college basketball."
The 74-year-old Chaney had spent the last 24 seasons with the Owls. Temple's NIT appearance marked the 23rd straight postseason for the Owls. Seventeen of those were in the NCAA Tournament.PENN TEMPLE