Temple names Fran Dunphy as acting athletic director

Matt Leon
June 18, 2020 - 12:27 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University has named a new acting athletic director, and he’s no stranger to North Broad Street.

Fran Dunphy spent 13 seasons as head coach of men’s basketball before stepping down at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. Now, he returns as the acting athletic director, effective July 1.

“I’m humbled by the university asking me to do this,” he said. “Really am a huge fan of the mission of Temple University and the position that it has in Philadelphia. I think it’s a really important mission in oh so many ways. Obviously, the university educates many, many people.”

As for taking on the role permanently, “I haven’t thought about it for one second,” Dunphy said.

“Over the next how many months or whatever the timeframe will be, I think they’ll have a great opportunity to interview many, many great candidates for this position,” he added. “It’s a great job, it’s a hard job, it’s a very challenging position. But I think there’s going to be some great candidates that present themselves. I’m happy to be the fill-in person.”

Dunphy will be stepping in for Dr. Patrick Kraft, who is leaving to take over as the athletic director at Boston College.

A big challenge for him, even as the interim director, is dealing with the athletic budget amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Because of the virus, we’ve changed and some of our financial streams, our money streams that we can tap into. So we’re going to have to be creative and everyone’s going to have to sacrifice and bite the bullet a little bit,” he said.