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Former Dragons hitting coach Ken Griffey Sr. to appear at Celebration Game on March 30




Ken Griffey Sr. as Dragons coach

Dayton, Ohio—Ken Griffey Sr., legendary outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds World Series champions of 1975-76, is scheduled to appear at the Dragons 20th Season Celebration Game on Saturday, March 30.  The game will be played at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field as the 2019 Dragons meet a team of Dragons alumni still playing in the Reds farm system.


Griffey was the Dragons hitting coach in 2010.  Several other former Dragons players and coaches have been previously announced to attend the game.  They include former Dragons outfielders Austin Kearns and Chris Dickerson, former Dragons pitcher Todd Coffey, and former Dragons pitching coach/Reds legend Tom Browning.  Meanwhile, the alumni team will include approximately 25 former Dragons players who are still playing in the Reds farm system.


Griffey was the starting right fielder on the “Big Red Machine” teams of the 1970’s.  He was a star on back-to-back Reds championship teams in 1975 and ’76, clubs that are regarded as among the best in baseball history.  Griffey was a three-time National League all-star and the Most Valuable Player of the 1980 Major All-Star Game.  He spent 19 years in the big leagues, collecting more than 2,100 hits in over 2,000 games from 1973-91.


Griffey’s best season came in 1976 when he batted .336, finishing second in the race for the National League batting title while scoring 111 runs and stealing 34 bases as the Reds went on to sweep the New York Yankees in four games in the World Series.  Griffey, the father of hall-of-famer Ken Griffey Jr., remains one of the most popular former Reds players of all time.


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Upcoming 2019 Big 5 Hall of Fame inductions to include past and present Temple personnel, Bradshaw, Dunphy, Hairston





Bill Bradshaw (courtesy LaSalle)

Fran Dunphy

Kamesha Hairston (courtesy Temple)

















PHILADELPHIA – Temple will be well represented in the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame Class of 2019 as men’s basketball head coach Fran Dunphy, former women’s basketball 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 (6 pm) are Jim Foster (Saint Joseph’s WBB coach), Mike Nardi (Villanova MBB), Steve Smith (La Salle MBB) and Mark Zoller (Penn MBB).

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

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.

Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, Foster compiled a 248-126 overall record at Saint Joseph’s, for the second most wins in school history. He led the Hawks to seven postseason appearances (1 AIAW, 6 NCAA) and six Big 5 titles during his 13-year tenure.  Twice named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (’84-85, ’89-90), he coached one All-American, one two-time A-10 Player of the Year, 19 All-Atlantic 10 honorees, 22 All-Big 5 honorees and four Big 5 Players of the Year in his time at SJU.  He also coached at Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Chattanooga, guiding those programs to NCAA Tournament berths. Foster retired following the 2017-18 season at Chattanooga and ended his career with 903 wins, which ranks seventh on the all-time women’s basketball coaching list.

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.

A four-year starter (2003-07), Zoller helped lead Penn to the Ivy League title in each of his final three seasons. The 10th all-time leading scorer in Quaker history with 1,429 points, he was a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection while earning first-team All-Big 5 honors as a senior and second team as a junior. Three times Zoller led the Quakers in rebounding, and as a senior he led Penn and the Ivy League in scoring with 565 points—eighth on the Quakers’ single-season list—including 96 points in Big 5 play (24.0 ppg). That included the winning points in a two-point win over Temple and 28 in a one-point victory over La Salle. He still ranks sixth on Penn’s all-time list in career steals (141), seventh in career field goals made (555), and ninth in career rebounds (750).

Retiring Temple coach Fran Dunphy finalist for Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award





Award namesake, the late Skip Prosser coaching 2005 photo By Zach Klein of flickr, CC BY 2.0, https


Fran Dunphy

PHILADELPHIA - Temple University men’s basketball head coach Fran Dunphy has been named a finalist for the 2019 Skip Prosser Man of the Year award.  Named after the late Skip Prosser, who died suddenly in 2007 while the head coach at Wake Forest, the award is presented annually to those who not only achieve success on the basketball court but who also display moral integrity off of it as well.

Dunphy, in his 13th and final season as the Owls’ head coach, earlier this year received the Dean Smith Award presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Good Guy Award, and has been honored by many of Temple’s opponents during this season for his contributions to the sport.

The all-time winningest coach in Philadelphia Big 5 history with 580 victories, Dunphy has led Temple to nine postseason appearances, including seven trips to the NCAA Tournament.  In his 13 seasons at the Owls’ helm, he has compiled a 270-160 overall record.  He has led the Cherry and White to three conference championships and three regular season titles.

This year, Temple heads to the American Athletic Conference Championships with a 23-8 overall record, and a 13-5 league mark,  The Owls defeated two ranked teams, #21/17 Houston (73-69 on Jan. 9) and #25/rv UCF (67-62 on Mar. 9) to mark the 12th straight season that Dunphy has led the Owls to a win over a nationally-ranked opponent. Temple is the third seed in the league tournament and next plays Friday at 9 pm ET against the winner of the #6 Wichita State/#11 ECU game.

Prior to his arrival at Temple, Dunphy compiled a 310-163 record in 17 seasons at the Penn while taking the Quakers to nine NCAA Tournaments. A 1970 La Salle University graduate, Dunphy is the all-time winningest coach at Penn and ranks third on Temple’s all-time coaching win list.

Dunphy is also just the fifth coach to win 200 at two different Division I programs while also taking both schools to six or more NCAA Tournaments.  He is joined by Lou Henson (New Mexico, Illinois), Rick Pitino (Kentucky, Louisville), Eddie Sutton (Arkansas, Oklahoma State) and Roy Williams (Kansas, North Carolina) in this elite club.

A full-time educator on and off the court, Dunphy is in his 12th year teaching in Temple’s prestigious Fox School of Business. He team-teaches an honors course with Dr. Lynne Anderson, entitled, Management, Theory & Practice: From the Locker Room to the Board Room. He previously had served as a lecturer in the Wharton Executive Education program and in the management department of the Wharton School.

One of the leaders in the local Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, Dunphy was named to the National Council of Coaches vs. Cancer. He was also honored as the 2002 National Coaches vs. Cancer Coach of the Year for his service and tireless dedication to those in need.

The Owl mentor also devotes time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Philadelphia’s Board of Directors, and his Penn and Temple teams have participated in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program each year. He is also a member of the Philadelphia CYO Hall of Fame.

The recipient of the 2019 Skip Prosser award will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event, in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 NCAA division I basketball championship.


Casey Alexander, Lipscomb
Tommy Amaker, Harvard
Rick Byrd, Belmont
Johnny Dawkins, UCF
Fran Dunphy, Temple
Steve Forbes, ETSU
Joe Golding, Abilene Christian
Earl Grant, Charleston
Jason Hooten, Sam Houston State
Michael Huger, Bowling Green
Donte’ Jackson, Grambling
James Jones, Yale
Mike Jones, Radford
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Jay Joyner, North Carolina A&T
Danny Kaspar, Texas State
Rob Krimmel, Saint Francis PA
Matt McMahon, Murray State
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Nate Oats, Buffalo
Ryan Odom, UMBC
Matt Painter, Purdue
Doc Sadler, Southern Miss
Bruce Weber, Kansas State
Mike Young, Wofford

Shizz Alston Jr. represents Temple on USBWA All-District team




Shizz Alston Jr.

PHILADELPHIA – Senior guard Shizz Alston, Jr. was named to the 10-member USBWA All-District II team.  Alston is the first Temple player to earn the honor since Khalif Wyatt was named to the 2012-13 squad.  He is the sixth Owl to garner the recognition since 2000.

Alston, who was named first team All-AAC on Monday, has had a sensational final season for the Owls.  The 6-4 guard has set a new school record for consecutive games with a made three-pointers (42 and counting) and is on pace to set records for single season (.906) and career (.884) free throw percentage. He already has the record for consecutive free throws made (52 set last season).

Also this season, Alston, who has been named AAC Player of the Week three times, became the eighth Temple player to dish 400 career assists and the 12th player to score 600 points in a season.   His 91 three-pointers made rank fifth on the Owls’ all-time single season list and he could join Dionte Christmas as the only Owls to eclipse the century mark.  His 90.6 free throw percentage leads the AAC and is on pace for a new single season record at Temple.  His 5.1 assist per game mark ranks third in the conference with his 1.5 steals per game standing at eighth.

Other Temple players besides Alston and Wyatt to earn the honor since 2000 are Dionte Christmas (2007-08, 2008-09), Mardy Collins (2004-05), David Hawkins (2003-04) and Lynn Greer (2001-02).

2019 USBWA All-District II Team
(NY, NJ, DE, DC, PA, WV)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra
COACH OF THE YEAR - Joe Mihalich, Hofstra

Shizz Alston Jr., Temple
Tyus Battle, Syracuse
Jessie Govan, Georgetown
CJ Massinburg, Buffalo
Matt Morgan, Cornell
Eric Paschall, Villanova
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s
Myles Powell, Seton Hall
Lamar Stevens, Penn State
Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra

Temple sophomore Nate Pierre-Louis named American Athletic Conference Co-Improved Player of the Year





Nate Pierre-Louis

PHILADELPHIA – Temple sophomore guard Nate Pierre-Louis has been named the co-Most Improved Player in the American Athletic Conference as the league released its individual awards today.  Pierre-Louis shares the award with UConn sophomore Josh Carlton.

Pierre-Louis was third on Temple with 13.4 points per game and was second for the Owls with 5.7 rebounds per game. One of the top defensive players in the conference, the Plainfield, N.J. native ranked fifth in the conference with 1.6 steals per game and sixth with 34.1 minutes per game. He was one of three Temple players to start every game as the Owls posted a 20-win season and clinched the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

Pierre-Louis started just one game last year and improved in nearly every statistical category this season.  His scoring is up almost six points per game from his 7.5 ppg average as a freshman. He has nearly doubled his rebounding average, going from 3.0 rpg to 5.7 rpg. He has 51 steals compared to 25 last year, and his 61 assists are more than four times as many as last season’s total of 15.

Pierre-Louis is the third Owl honored by the league this week as senior guard Shizz Alston, Jr. and junior guard Quinton Rose were named first and second team All-AAC, respectively.

The awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

2019 American Athletic Conference
Individual Awards

Defensive Player of the Year
Laquincy Rideau, USF

Sixth Man of the Year
DeJon Jarreau, Houston

Most Improved Players
Josh Carlton, UConn
Nate Pierre-Louis, Temple

Sportsmanship Award
Galen Robinson, Jr., Houston

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