One victory shy of 500 career wins, Temple's Fran Dunphy was named the 2015 American Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
It's the third time he has earned a coach of the year honor in his nine seasons at Temple. Dunphy was Atlantic Ten Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
"I am humbled by this honor as there are so many coaches deserving of this award in our conference," Dunphy said during the conference's awards luncheon. "While this may read Coach of the Year, it is truly a team award. I would like to recognize our staff for all the hard work throughout the season, and our players for their hard work this season."
Competing in their second season in the AAC, the Owls went from 9-22 to a 22-9 mark this season. Temple is the No. 4 seed in the AAC Tournament and will meet No. 5 Memphis in Friday's 2 p.m. game at the XL Center in Hartford.
Under Dunphy, the Owls qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his first eight seasons.
Dunphy has been a coach for 26 seasons, with the first 17 at Penn. His overall career record is 499-269.
In other announcements, SMU junior guard Nic Moore, a unanimous all-conference selection, has been named the AAC Player of the Year. Connecticut swingman Daniel Hamilton was chosen as the Rookie of the Year.