After seeing this, I had to go look up Fran’s record. In my head, his tenure is when we turned the corner in hoops. Though, as I caught the tail end of the “Ps and Qs” era while at South Mountain, I might be biased. Grabbed these bits from Iowa’s site, though:
In three seasons as head coach at Lehigh, he compiled a 49-39 overall record and guided the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1988. At the time he was the youngest head coach to reach the NCAA Tournament. His Lehigh teams had two winning seasons in three years and the 1987-88 squad’s 21-10 record remains the best in program history. Lehigh had just four winning seasons in the 55 years prior to his arrival.
The bit about “best in program history” is now out-of-date, but anyway…
and this one
McCaffery has posted seven seasons of 20 wins or more as a head coach, including five in the last seven years. McCaffery, who won his 300th career game as a head coach on March 9, 2013, against Nebraska, has served as head coach at four institutions: Iowa, Siena, UNC-Greensboro and Lehigh. The four teams had a combined record of 35-84 (.204) prior to his arrival. By year three, they had a total record of 89-45 (.664).