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March 16, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 22, 1996 | By Kevin Tatum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 16, 2000 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 14, 1988 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Sports Writer
"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)
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September 20, 2007 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 23, 1989 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 6, 1994 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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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.
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March 17, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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April 24, 2008 | By DICK JERARDI, jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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December 1, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
EASTON - Fran O'Hanlon and Steve Donahue coached for five years together at Penn and another year before that at Bonner. After they parlayed all that 1990s success at Penn under Fran Dunphy into what O'Hanlon jokingly called "the worst jobs in Division I at the time," O'Hanlon's Lafayette team played Donahue's Cornell team a few times and neither man was particularly comfortable. So they called it off. When Donahue got the Penn job last spring, he was hoping O'Hanlon would not want to continue Lafayette's long series with the Quakers.
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November 25, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
JORDAN PRICE scored 14 points in the first 5 minutes, on four threes and a breakaway layup. Playing against Lafayette, which lost three 1,000-point scorers from the Patriot League champions, Monday night at Gola Arena really felt like the night when Price, a born scorer, might go off for 50. He settled for a very calm 33 as La Salle beat Lafayette, 83-75, in a game that was never really in doubt as the Explorers led from the start. "Somebody asked if he was looking to (score)
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September 9, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It sounds like one of those uplifting sports movies Hollywood loves, those whose stirring sound tracks are designed to mask cornball plots and historical inaccuracies: In the early 1960s, when African Americans were rare on Catholic League and Big Five basketball rosters and the Civil Rights Act remained a dream, the players on an all-white, Catholic grade-school team in Delaware County asked a young, black Villanova graduate to be their coach....
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April 27, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The words from the sentimental poem Fran O'Hanlon read at Jack Kraft's memorial service Thursday afternoon must have held a special resonance for some in attendance. " 'I didn't yet know the meaning of heartache or recognize pain,' " O'Hanlon said, quoting the poem "Two Paths" by Grace Easley. "And I took it for granted that youth would remain.' " That illusion, virtually universal among humans, is particularly heartbreaking when it involves former athletes. Kraft died in August at 93. The basketball players he coached through 15 extremely successful seasons at Villanova are now in their 60s and 70s. Many reunited in the university's chapel for the ceremony, one that current Wildcats coach Jay Wright had arranged to precede that night's basketball banquet.
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March 21, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
PITTSBURGH - After his postgame news conference had ended Thursday night, Fran O'Hanlon slipped through a black curtain behind a dais and found himself face to face with two Villanova players - Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu - and Jay Wright. The three were sitting in a row, and one by one, O'Hanlon shook hands with each of them, finally giving Wright a firm grip and finishing with a nine-word admonishment. "You guys," he said, "had better get to the Final Four. " The day before, O'Hanlon had joked that he would enjoy every minute of this experience - his coaching Lafayette to its first NCAA tournament in 15 years, his coaching against his alma mater - until Thursday's game began.
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March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - The way Fran O'Hanlon sees it, there's only one downside to coaching against his alma mater. "Most of it's been great," said the one-time Villanova guard, whose Lafayette (22-10) team will play the top-seeded Wildcats (32-2) in an NCAA Tournament East Regional opener tonight at the Consol Energy Center. "We got a lot of pub in Philly, I've been in touch with a lot of friends. Now we've got to go play the game. That's the only thing that's bad about it. " If nothing else, he's realistic.
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March 20, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PITTSBURGH - Villanova has had its moments as a high seed in opening NCAA Tournament games. In 2006, as coach Jay Wright is fond of bringing up, when Monmouth made a run to get back in it against the top-seeded Wildcats, the crowd - as is often the case in those situations - started rooting for the team wearing the dark-colored jerseys. Even though it was being played in the Wells Fargo Center. But the Wildcats would make it to the Final Eight. In 2009, again in South Philly, the third-seeded Wildcats were losing to American by 14 early in the second half.
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March 20, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - Villanova coach Jay Wright had spent part of his pre-NCAA tournament news conference expressing concern about how to defend Lafayette and its three-point attack, one that carried the Leopards to the Patriot League championship. When informed Wednesday of Wright's apprehension, Lafayette coach and Villanova graduate Fran O'Hanlon quipped, "Was Jay really scared?" When the Wildcats, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA East Regional, take on the 16th-seeded Leopards on Thursday night at the Consol Energy Center, a key will be which defense can stop the three-point shooting of its opponent more effectively.
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March 20, 2015
PITTSBURGH - Lafayette's only chance was in a game of make it/take it, where they got the ball first. Villanova won the tap, Ryan Arcidiacono set up Dylan Ennis for a three and 11 seconds in, the Leopards were in trouble. Fran O'Hanlon had a choice to make when he recruited his team - skill or athletes. He was never going to get athletes so he chose skill. His team came into this NCAA Tournament last night at Consol Energy Center ranked 40th in offensive efficiency, 337th in defense, the biggest disparity in the game.
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