La Salle basketball is hiring Fran Dunphy as their next head coach
After a two-year break from basketball, former Temple head coach Fran Dunphy is expected to become La Salle University’s next head coach, according to Mike Jensen.
Dunphy played for the Explorers in college and was an assistant there from 1979 through 1980 and once again from 1985 to 1988 before going to the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently he was with the Temple Owls, stepping down and briefly became the interim Athletic Director at Temple in 2020.
La Salle, much like every college basketball program in the city of Philadelphia, is in need of a much-needed facelift. The Explorers haven’t finished over .500 since the 2014-2015 season and just a few months ago, had everyone on social media laughing at their smoke machine.
Luckily, for La Salle, the former Temple HC brings in a history of success, recording 10 Ivy League titles, and is a 4x Conference Coach of the Year, twice in the Atlantic 10 and AAC.
Dunphy succeeds Ashley Howard, who finished with a 34-52 career record before being fired two weeks ago after yet another underwhelming season.
After being done wrong by Temple during the end of his tenure there, it’s great to see Dunphy back on his feet all where it began. At 73-years old, this could very well be his last stop before he calls it quits for good.
La Salle has been the center of controversy over the last few years, gutting almost their entire athletics department out of nowhere despite the pleas of many. So hopefully, Dunphy can bring back some success to this once powerful program.
Mandatory Credit: The Temple News