La Salle expected to hire Fran Dunphy as Explorers' next men's basketball coach: Sources

Fran Dunphy has spent 30 years as a head coach in Philadelphia at both Penn and Temple.

ByPete Thamel ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Temple head coach Fran Dunphy reacts during a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Belmont, Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

PHILADELPHIA -- La Salle is expected to hire Fran Dunphy as the Explorers' next coach, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Dunphy has spent 30 years as a head coach in Philadelphia at both Penn and Temple, taking 17 different teams to the NCAA tournament at the two schools.

Dunphy, 73, is one of the best-known names in Philadelphia basketball. His hire brings instant credibility and relevance to a school that has lagged behind the other basketball schools in the city.

Since joining the Atlantic 10 in 1995, La Salle has made the NCAA tournament just once. The school hasn't had a winning record since 2014-15. The school's last NCAA tournament came in 2013.

La Salle has a rich history, which includes three different players who have been named the National Player of the Year: Tom Gola (1955), Michael Brooks (1980) and Lionel Simmons (1990).

Dunphy is a graduate of the school and a former assistant coach there. His presence there is expected to be an energy jolt both on the floor and in the fundraising realm for facilities that are long overdue for upgrades.

Dunphy worked as the head coach at Penn from 1989 to 2006, reaching the NCAA tournament there nine times and finishing with a record of 310-163. At Temple from 2006 to 2019, Dunphy reached eight more NCAA tournaments and went 270-162.

He also served as Temple's interim athletic director after Pat Kraft went to Boston College in 2020.

La Salle parted ways with former coach Ashley Howard, who didn't author a winning season in his four years there.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the expected hire.