March 16, 1999 |
When Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon saw that Purdue and Temple were going to meet Friday in the NCAA East Regional Sweet 16, his first thought was that the Boilermakers would struggle against the Owls' matchup zone. The reason: Purdue struggled against his Leopards' matchup zone. "I think they're going to have a lot of trouble," O'Hanlon said yesterday. In November, O'Hanlon's Leopards went to West Lafayette, Ind., and almost knocked off Purdue before bowing, 72-67. The matchup zone he uses includes some principles from John Chaney's book, gleaned from the years that O'Hanlon saw Temple up close as an assistant coach at Penn.
January 22, 1996 |
Fran O'Hanlon tried to sum up his feelings about returning to the Palestra for the first time as a head coach, but the Philadelphia native couldn't quite pinpoint them. O'Hanlon, who took over at Lafayette College after spending the last six seasons as Fran Dunphy's top assistant at Penn, will try to guide his Leopards (2-13) to victory over the Quakers (4-6) tonight in a nonleague game. A host of O'Hanlon's family and friends will be on hand, and, quite naturally, his affection for the Penn program remains.
March 16, 2000 |
All summer long, they would play ball, all day, usually at the Rose Playground in West Philadelphia, until the place was closing down for the night. "Franny had the keys to the playground," comedian Dom Irrera said. "We'd go sit in the car, turn the lights off, like we were going to rob something. " Then, after everyone had left, "We'd go back and play all night. " Franny was always playing ball somewhere. "We used to play every night of the week," Irrera said. "It was so hard to get out of bed. You were sore from running on the asphalt.
March 14, 1988 |
"Harlem" never was stitched across the front of his uniform, but Fran O'Hanlon once qualified as the ultimate basketball globe-trotter. For the past two years, O'Hanlon has coached Monsignor Bonner, which now reigns as the 1988 Catholic League champion. For the previous 16, your guess as to his whereabouts was probably as good as his. "You name the country," O'Hanlon said yesterday, after the Friars had muffled North Catholic, 62-59, "and I probably played in it. " An outstanding guard at long-defunct St. Thomas More ('66)
September 20, 2007 |
Jim Mower, a wing guard for St. Joseph's Prep, has orally committed to play basketball at Lafayette College in Easton. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior also had scholarship offers from Colgate, Hartford, New Hampshire, Niagara and Quinnipiac. "Lafayette is a great school academically," Mower said. "I get along with the coaches really well. " Lafayette is coached by Fran O'Hanlon and plays in the Patriot League. Mower, a 17-year-old from Harleysville, averaged about 14 points per game last season.
June 23, 1989 |
Fran O'Hanlon has resigned as the boys' basketball coach at Monsignor Bonner High to become an assistant coach at Penn, Bonner athletic director Dick Bernhart said yesterday. "If you get a good person, the odds are excellent you're going to lose him," Bernhart said. "Fran wants to eventually work into a head coaching job in college. To do that, he needs to get experience in recruiting. " O'Hanlon, 40, could not be reached for comment. Penn coach Fran Dunphy said he had no comment, other than that the school was not ready to make an official announcement.
April 6, 1994 |
Penn basketball assistant Fran O'Hanlon had interviews for the vacant head coaching jobs at Boston University and Virginia Military Institute last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. O'Hanlon, who just completed his fifth season as one of Fran Dunphy's assistants, met with the athletic directors of both schools. "I should know something in the next couple of days," O'Hanlon said last night. O'Hanlon, a 1970 Villanova graduate and co-captain of the Wildcat team as a senior, was the coach at Monsignor Bonner High School for three seasons before going to Penn.
August 21, 2012
Villanova coach Jay Wright announced Monday that Raphael Chillious has been hired as an assistant basketball coach. Chillious, who played college basketball at Lafayette, comes to Villanova from the University of Washington, where he was an assistant coach for three seasons under Lorenzo Romar. "We are proud to add Raphael and his family to our Villanova community," Wright said in a statement. "Raphael played for a great Villanovan, Fran O'Hanlon, at Lafayette and worked for an outstanding coach in Lorenzo Romar.
March 17, 2015 |
Are they rooting for Duke at the Southwest Philadelphia Police Athletic League center at 59th and Elmwood? They have no choice, said Officer Cedric Jones, who runs the PAL center. Jones first got to know Duke's Amile Jefferson when he came into a PAL center at 46th and Woodland when Jefferson was 9 years old. Since then, wherever Jones has worked, Jefferson has dropped in, including 11th and Huntington and 32d and Tasker. Jones' current office, he admits, is sort of a shrine to Jefferson.
April 24, 2008 |
There are a lot of coaches who have enthusiasm and passion for basketball. Then, there is John Gallagher. The only thing he loves more than the game is the Philly game. Now, Gallagher, a 1999 Saint Joseph's graduate, about to enter his 10th year as a coach, is coming home to coach at the Palestra as an assistant to Penn's Glen Miller. Miller and Gallagher hung out a little at the Final Four in San Antonio and happened to end up on the same flight back to Philadelphia. Soon after, Miller was calling Hartford coach Dan Leibovitz for permission to talk to Gallagher about a position on his staff that opened up when Chris Sparks took the head job at his alma mater, Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.