Legendary Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy didn't stay away from the Owls for long. University president Richard Englert announced Wednesday that Dunphy, 71, will serve as the school's acting athletic director after Patrick Kraft left the post to become the next athletic director at Boston College.
Dunphy is a longtime fixture in Philadelphia's college basketball scene, having served as Temple's coach for 13 seasons from 2006 to 2019 after he was the head coach at Penn from 1989 to 2006.
"Temple called, Dick Englert called, and asked me if I would take on this role. I said I'm happy to serve in any way," Dunphy said. "When Temple calls and asks, my tendency is to say 'yes.'"
Dunphy amassed a 270-162 record at Temple and led the Owls to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Philadelphia native was named conference coach of the year four times during his run at Temple.
He also led Penn to nine NCAA Tournament appearances. Dunphy played at La Salle and was an assistant there as well. Villanova and Saint Joseph's were the only two schools in Philadelphia's "Big 5" that Dunphy did not coach for during his nearly 50 years in the profession.
"Although this is a new role for Fran Dunphy, the truth is that he's been a leader at Temple, in Philadelphia and in the nation for decades," Englert said. "From the court to the classroom, to his advocacy and philanthropic efforts, Fran has time and again proven his dedication to our university and our city, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact he will undoubtedly make as acting director of athletics."