By Michael Bennett

Retiring Temple coach Fran Dunphy will join his predecessor, John Chaney, in the Big 5 Hall of Fame.

The Owls will be well-represented when Dunphy, former standout Kamesha Hairston and former athletics director Bill Bradshaw are among the seven member class. The remaining members to be inducted at the Big 5’s annual awards banquet held at the Palestra on April 15 are Jim Foster (Saint Joseph’s WBB coach), Mike Nardi (Villanova MBB), Steve Smith (La Salle MBB) and Mark Zoller (Penn MBB).

The all-time winningest coach in Big 5 history, Dunphy recorded 580 victories over his 30-year career, spending 17 seasons at Penn before heading to north Philly to guide Temple for the last 13 seasons. A standout player at La Salle (1967-70), he is one of only six coaches with more than 200 wins at two schools while taking each to eight or more NCAA Tournaments. The only person to serve as head coach at two Big 5 schools, he has been named Big 5 Coach of the Year seven times (four at Temple, three at Penn). Dunphy has guided his teams to 13 regular season conference titles and three conference tournament championships while his 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament ties Temple Hall of Fame coach John Chaney for the most by a Big 5 coach.

One of the top players in Temple women’s basketball history, Hairston earned Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year honors during her senior season (2006-07). The 2007 First Round WNBA draft pick led the A10 and ranked 17th nationally in scoring with 18.9 points per game in earning honorable mention All-America honors. The three-time all-Big 5 selection (2x First Team, 1 Second Team) led the Owls to three Philadelphia Big 5 Championships while scoring 1,573 career points, which, at the time, ranked fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list. She also ranked third all-time for the Owls in steals (234) and sixth in rebounds (757).

The only person to serve as Athletic Director at two Big 5 schools, Bradshaw is completing his second stint at La Salle after spending 11 years as the top athletics administrator at Temple (2002-13). He also served as the AD at DePaul for 16 years (1986-02), overseeing 13 men’s and women’s basketball NCAA appearances. A 1969 graduate of La Salle, Bradshaw’s first tenure at his alma mater saw the men’s basketball team advance to three NCAA Tournaments and the women two. At Temple, he engineered the school’s move to the American Athletic Conference while also luring Dunphy away from Penn to replace Chaney. The Owls advanced to 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments on his watch. His second stint at La Salle was highlighted by the hosting of the NCAA Regionals in 2016, the hiring of Ashley Howard and Mountain MacGillivray as men’s and women’s basketball coaches, and signing the athletic department’s first all-encompassing apparel deal with Under Armour.

A four-year starter and playmaker, Nardi helped lead Villanova to 92 wins during his career, including trips to the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight. Now an assistant coach with the Wildcats, Nardi started all 35 games of his freshman season in 2003-04, earning BIG EAST all-Rookie Team honors. An honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, he helped lead Villanova to perfect 4-0 city-series records his final two seasons. He scored 1,306 career points and his 423 assists rank 14th in school history.

One of the most prolific scorers in La Salle history, Smith was a three-time First Team all-Big 5 honoree (2004-06) and two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2005, 2006). He finished his career with 1,940 points to rank seventh all-time in school history. He also ranks fifth in school history with 872 career rebounds, leading La Salle in the category all four seasons. A two-time NABC all-District honoree, Smith led the Explorers in scoring for three consecutive seasons, including a career-best 20.3 scoring average as a junior in 2004-05. He averaged 18.1 points per game over his four-year career and his 707 field goals made is sixth in school history.

Tickets for the Philadelphia Big 5 Awards Dinner are $15 online (click here) and $20 at the door.

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