Instant analysis: Temple Names Fran Dunphy as acting AD


Philadelphia: In the NCAA there are always going through changes when it comes to sports like coaches, office staff and it could be for the good or just a change needed to shake things up.

On Wednesday, a report came out about who would be the interim AD as the search continues for a new one

Just a couple of hours later, Temple would make the news official.

Dunphy takes over as the interim AD as former AD Patrick Kraft took the job at Boston College.

“Temple called, Dick Englert called, and asked me if I would take on this role.” Dunphy said in a presser. I said I’m happy to serve in any way, When Temple calls and asks, my tendency is to say yes”

“There is no better choice to lead Temple Athletics than Fran Dunphy.” John Chaney stated. “His leadership and his calm demeanor is just what the University needs at this critical time. There truly is no better person than Fran.”

Current Temple Coach Aaron Mckie also had glowing things to say about the move.

“Fran Dunphy is a pillar in the community and a Philadelphia icon. He has served as a head coach for 30 years, including 13 at Temple, worked as a special assistant to President Englert the past year. He is a man of impeccable character, and when asked to step in and serve as acting athletic director in a tumultuous time in intercollegiate athletics he never hesitated to answer the call. We are so fortunate to have him step in to lead our department through this critical period.”

Fran Dunphy is one of the greatest coaches in Philadelphia College Basketball with 580-325, 17 of those years at the University of Penn with 310 wins  & 13 years at Temple with 270 wins and made the NCAA Tournament 8 times. 

In 2019, Dunphy was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame & the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame & also was named the John Wanamaker Athletic Award for the impact he made on Philadelphia and the city’s reputation throughout his coaching career. 

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