Dunphy honored as conference’s coach of the year

Fran Dunphy was chosen as the American Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year award at the conference’s awards luncheon held Thursday at the XL Center, according to a recent press release.

Dunphy, who owns a career coaching record of 499-269, has led the Owls to a 22-9 mark this year after the team finished 9-22 last season, when it failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006-07 – Dunphy’s first season as Temple coach.

“I am humbled by this honor as there are so many coaches deserving of this award in our conference,” Dunphy said in the release. “While this may read Coach of the Year, it is truly a team award. I would like to recognize our staff for all the hard work throughout the season, and our players for their hard work this season.”

The honor marks the third time the 26-year coach has been honored with a conference coach-of-the-year award at Temple. Previously, he was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.