ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Temple basketball
coach Fran Dunphy, who is recognized as much for
his charity work and community service off the court as he is for
his success on the court, has been named the recipient of the
2018 Dean Smith Award by the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association, it was announced today by USBWA President
David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press.
The award will be presented to Dunphy on Nov. 1 at the Coaches
vs. Cancer Tip-Off luncheon at the Hilton City Avenue in Philadelphia
featuring the Philly 6 coaches.
"How fitting that Coach Dunphy is to receive our fourth annual
Dean Smith Award at a Coaches vs. Cancer event," Teel said. "The
cause has been a centerpiece of his civic outreach and represents
the essence of Coach Smith."
The Dean Smith Award honors an individual in college basketball
who embodies the spirit and values of Coach Smith, the long-time
Hall of Fame coach at North Carolina. Coaches are recognized for
their principles of honesty and integrity, for treating all people
with courtesy and respect, for accomplishments off the court, and
for the impact they have made on their community and the lives of
"To receive an award named in honor of Dean Smith is truly humbling,"
Dunphy said. "No one had more integrity or did more to promote what
is good in college basketball. To be recognized like this is a tremendous
Previous award winners include John Thompson (Georgetown) in
2015, Tom Izzo (Michigan State) in 2016 and Don Donoher (Dayton)
"Fran's record as a coach speaks for itself but doesn't begin
to make clear the lives he's touched and the remarkable work he's
done for charity," said Washington Post sportswriter John Feinstein,
a past president of the USBWA and the person credited for creating
an award honoring Dean Smith.
"I know Coach Smith would applaud – no, cheer – the
USBWA for giving the award named for him to Fran Dunphy."
Dunphy, who enters his 30th season as a head coach, and 13th
at Temple, with 557 career victories, is known for his tireless
devotion to the national Coaches vs. Cancer charity over the past
A past chair of the national organization, Dunphy currently is
co-chair of the Philly 6 chapter and a member of the national council.
Along with St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli, his long-time collaborator
in fund-raising for cancer research, Dunphy won the 2017 American
Cancer Society's Circle of Honor Award, a national honor within
the Coaches vs. Cancer program for "extraordinary commitment."
Dunphy also won the 2002 national Coaches vs. Cancer Coach of
the Year award, and in 2008 he joined a number of other coaches
in testifying before Congress seeking more funding for cancer research.
Dunphy also has excelled as a teacher and is currently in his
11th year of team teaching an honors course in Temple's Fox School
of Business entitled, "Management, Theory and Practice: From the
Locker Room to the Board Room."
In addition, he has served on the board of directors of Big Brothers/Big
Sisters of Greater Philadelphia.
"Coach Dunphy has always given back," said Dick Weiss, a college
columnist for the Philadelphia and New York Daily News and a USBWA
past president. "He epitomizes the highest character, teaching skills
and community values that Dean Smith would admire."
Dunphy has spent all or parts of six decades in the Big 5 since
playing for LaSalle from 1967 through 1970. He is one of five coaches
to win at least 200 games at two different Division I programs while
taking each school to at least six NCAA tournaments.
He led Penn to a 310-163 mark over 17 seasons before succeeding
John Chaney in 2006 at Temple, where he has compiled a 247-152 record.
In his career, Dunphy has guided his teams to 17 20-win seasons,
16 NCAA tournament appearances and 14 conference championships.
The Coaches vs. Cancer Preseason Luncheon is presented by Independence
Blue Cross and sponsored by RAF Industries. In addition to Dunphy
receiving the Dean Smith Award, Don DiJulia will be presented with
the Champion of Hope Award. More information, tickets, and table
sponsorships are available at
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and the Dean Smith Award, contact executive director Joe Mitch at