PHILADELPHIA – Harry Litwack
and John Chaney each have banners in the rafters of the Liacouras Center and their names also adorn the center jump circle of the Owls' basketball court. The two legends will now share space in the Liacouras Center lobby as the University has immortalized its Hall of Fame coaching duo with larger-than-life statues in their honor.
The statues were unveiled at a ceremony today prior to the men's basketball game against #9/9 Villanova.
"This is truly a great day for Temple University
and its men's basketball program," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin Clark. "These are two Temple and national icons, and are well deserving of this tremendous honor."
The two coaches, both enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, have combined for some incredible accomplishments in their 46 combined seasons at the University.
* 889 Wins
* 66.6 Winning Percentage
* 36 Postseason Appearances
* 23 NCAA Tournament Appearances
* 13 NIT Trips
* 7 Elite Eights
* 2 Final Fours
....And 1 National Championship (1969 NIT Title)
Litwack, who was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976, guided the Owls to a 373-193 record in his 21 seasons at the helm (1952-73). He led the Owls to 13 postseason appearances (6 NCAA, 7 NIT) and the program's only Final Four appearances (1956, 1958). His 1968-69 squad also won the NIT Championship.
Chaney, who was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001, posted a 516-253 mark in 24 seasons as the program's head coach (1982-2006). He guided his charges to 23 post-season appearances (17 NCAA, 6 NIT), including five Elite Eight finishes. He was twice named National Coach of the Year and his 1987-88 squad is the only Temple team to end the season #1 in the Associated Press national poll.
The eight-foot tall statues, entirely funded by private donations, were created by Brian Hanlon, a classically trained sculptor and founder of Hanlon Sculpture Studio in Toms River, N.J. The statues are accompanied by 10-foot high illustrative enhancements depicting Harry Litwack
and John Chaney images and accomplishments. Hanlon, a world-renowned artist, is the Official Sculptor of the Naismith Hall of Fame.