Mayor Jim Kenney honored Philadelphia basketball legend, Fran Dunphy, at City Hall today, Monday, May 13. Dunphy got his childhood start in Grays Ferry and later moved to Southwest Philadelphia. The City and Dunphy’s colleagues including his brother Dennis Dunphy, and new Temple University basketball coach Aaron McKie, celebrated the former Penn and Temple coach’s career accomplishments in a recognition ceremony.
Mayor Kenney honored Dunphy whose teams at Penn and Temple universities have made the NCAA Tournament 16 times, from 1993 through 2018. Dunphy started at Penn in 1989 and later replaced John Chaney at Temple in 2006. He has won 580 games, the highest ever in the Big 5, over 30 years and is one of the most popular coaches in modern-college history.
The civic-minded Dunphy, who attended Malvern Prep and La Salle University, is a Philadelphia treasure. His stellar coaching career began at United States Military Academy at West Point in 1971. He also coached at his alma mater, Malvern Prep, before re-joining the college ranks on La Salle University’s coaching staff in 1979. Later, he landed an assistant coaching position at the University of Maryland. In 17 seasons at Penn, he won 310 games, an unprecedented 48 straight Ivy League games, and four league titles, from 1992 through 1996. He captured 10 Ivy League titles. In 13 seasons at Temple, Dunphy secured five conference titles and eight NCAA Tournament bids.
His teams produced several NBA players including Matt Maloney and Lavoy Allen. This year, he was named as the recipient of the Gene Bartow Award and the John Wanamaker Athletic Awards — two prestigious annual sports and community -achievement honors. This month, he was recognized by Philadelphia City Council and also received a Temple University honorary degree.