Men's Basketball

Eyes on the Atlantic: Get to Know the Newest Crop of Coaches

Zack Miller | Loyola PhoenixMen’s basketball head coach Drew Valentine will meet four new head coaches in the Atlantic 10 next season

When the Loyola Ramblers join the Atlantic 10 (A-10) Conference for the 2022-2023 season, they won’t be the only fresh faces — four of the conference’s 15 teams have hired a new head coach for their men’s basketball programs ahead of next season.

The new hires bring decades of coaching experience to the A-10, with careers highlighted by March Madness appearances and Coach of the Year honors. Before Loyola joins the conference, learn more about these hires and what they bring to the Ramblers’ new conference. 

Chris Caputo – George Washington University

George Washington in Washington, D.C announced Chris Caputo as the next head coach for the Colonials April 1. Caputo comes to the nation’s capital with more than two decades of coaching experience and is the only new hire stepping into the head coaching role for the first time. 

Caputo wrapped up 10 seasons as an associate head coach at the University of Miami, during which he helped the Hurricanes to five NCAA Tournaments, including two appearances in the Sweet Sixteen in 2016 and 2022.

He was also in this position when the No. 11-seeded Ramblers upset the No. 6-seeded Hurricanes during the first round of March Madness in 2018.

Caputo spent 19 seasons working under head coach Jim Larrañaga. Before arriving at Miami, the pair coached together at George Mason University where they led the Patriots to an appearance in the Final Four in 2006.

Fran Dunphy – La Salle University

Fran Dunphy will be returning to his alma mater La Salle as head coach according to an April 5 press release. Dunphy won’t have to make a big move, as he comes to La Salle from fellow Philadelphia school Temple University. 

During his 13 years as the head coach at Temple, Dunphy led the Owls to eight March Madness appearances  — seven of them in a row. Before taking over at Temple, Dunphy also served as the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dunphy was at the University of Pennsylvania from 1989 to 2006, during which he brought the Quakers to 10 Ivy League Conference titles and 310 total victories. Prior to his time at UPenn, he was on staff at La Salle from 1985 to 1988.

While a student at La Salle, Dunphy was a two-sport athlete — competing in both basketball and baseball from 1967 to 1970. More than fifty years later, he will become the 20th head coach in the men’s basketball program’s history.

Frank Martin – University of Massachusetts

Frank Martin was announced as the head coach of the UMass Minutemen March 25. Martin is also the only coach of the four new hires without a collegiate playing career — however, he has over two decades of coaching experience. 

He began his coaching career at the high school level in Miami before becoming an assistant coach at Northeastern University in 2000. Martin also served as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati and Kansas State University.

Martin stepped into the head coaching role at Kansas State in 2007, where he was named the Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 after guiding the Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance.

After leaving Kansas, Martin became the head coach at the University of South Carolina. During the 2016-2017 season, Martin led the Gamecocks to the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four for the first time in program history.

Archie Miller – University of Rhode Island (URI)

Rhode Island selected Archie Miller as the next head coach for its men’s basketball program March 18. Miller might be a new coach at URI, but he’s no stranger to the A-10 after serving as the head coach at the University of Dayton from 2011 to 2017.

While at Dayton, Miller led the Flyers to two A-10 regular season championship titles and four consecutive appearances in March Madness from 2014 to 2017 — including a run to the Elite Eight in 2014. He was also named the A-10 Coach of the Year in 2017.

Miller went on to become the head coach at Indiana University from 2017 to 2021. During his four years in Bloomington, Miller held a 67-56 overall record and failed to lead the team to any NCAA Tournament appearances.

Over his 10 years of head coaching experience, Miller averages more than 20 wins per season. He also has several years of experience as an assistant coach at multiple universities, including his alma mater North Carolina State University.

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