Fran Fraschilla is an analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Fraschilla is also an accomplished television analyst, having joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. He serves as an analyst primarily on Big 12 and BIG EAST Conference men’s basketball games. In addition to men’s college basketball, Fraschilla has been an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship coverage since 2007 and is a regular on ESPN and ESPNU studio shows.
At ESPN he worked the NBA Draft from 2004-10, the FIBA World Championships in 2006 and 2010 and has also covered the NBA and high school basketball.
Fraschilla coached at the collegiate level for 23 years, posting an overall record of 175-100 as a head coach. When he joined ESPN, he ranked as the 34th winningest active coach in men’s college basketball. His teams made eight postseason appearances in nine years, including three NCAA Tournaments (1993, 1995 and 1998).
From 1999-2002, Fraschilla was the head coach at the University of New Mexico, where he guided the Lobos to the Mountain West Conference championship game and the third round of the NIT in 2001. He received the NABC Literacy Pioneer Award for his work with the “Dream to Read” program in 2000.
Fraschilla was the head coach at St. John’s University from 1996-1998. In 1998, he led the Red Storm to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. Prior to his stint in Queens, Fraschilla was the head coach from 1992-96 at Manhattan College, where his teams reached the postseason all four years, with two NCAA and two NIT appearances. In 1995, the team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship and Fraschilla was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, National Association Basketball Coaches District II Coach of the Year, Eastern Basketball Coach of the Year and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Coach of the Year.
Before becoming a head coach, Fraschilla worked as an assistant basketball coach for five teams, including Providence College, Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Rhode Island, and New York Tech.
Active in several charity organizations, Fraschilla has participated in the NABC/American Cancer Society’s “Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Attack,” NY State Special Olympics, The O’Hara Foundation, St. John’s Bread and Life and White Plains Parks and Recreation. He was chairman of the NABC Committee on Academics from 1994-2002. Fraschilla served as an Honorary Chairman for the 2000 New Mexico Special Olympics Summer Games, as well as the Honorary Chairman for the UNM Library Development program.
Fraschilla received a bachelor’s degree in American history from Brooklyn College in 1980.
Fran Fraschilla's Posts
ARLINGTON, TX – Hail to the Victors! For the first time since the “Fab Five” era 20 years ago, the Michigan Wolverines are headed to the Final Four, after a dominant 79-59 victory over 3rd-seeded Florida in…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – Trey Burke’s game-tying, three-point bomb to send Michigan’s Regional Semifinal game against Kansas into overtime is already one of the biggest shots in program history. If the Wolverines can capture their second National Championship on April 8th, it may become THE biggest. Burke’s 23-point, 10-assist helped lead…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – Billy Donovan’s accomplishments in the NCAA Tournament take a back seat to no one: back-to-back National Championships in 2006 and 2007, three Final Fours, and three consecutive Elite Eight appearances with the Gators’ 62-50 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Friday night. But without a Final Four…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – Brad Sham and Fran Fraschilla will be on hand to call the South Regional Final from Cowboys Stadium on the Westwood One Radio Network. After ending the Cinderella run of Tournament darlings Florida Gulf Coast University, Billy Donovan’s Gators will continue their quest for the school’s third…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – The Florida Gators withstood a hot start from the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles to win 62-50 in Arlington and advance to the Elite Eight where they’ll face Michigan on Sunday for a chance to reach the Final Four. It’s the Gators’ third consecutive trip to a…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – Despite trailing almost the entire game, Michigan hung around enough to take number-one seeded Kansas to overtime where they defeated the Jayhawks 87-85 in Cowboys Stadium Friday night. The Wolverines trailed by 10 with about three minutes remaining, but some late defensive stops and a deep three…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – On Friday night, the Sunshine State will take over the Lone Star State as the first-ever #15 seed to make the Sweet 16, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, face their in-state “rivals” from Gainesville, the third-seeded Florida Gators. (Florida and FGCU have only played once before, a…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – As the sport of basketball continues to morph into a perimeter-oriented game, the presence of dominant centers is becoming increasingly scarce. But Kansas’ Jeff Withey is a seven-foot reminder that the center position is not extinct just yet. The senior from San Diego averages 13.8 points and…Read More »
ARLINGTON, TX – When Florida Gulf Coast and Florida meet on Friday night at Cowboys Stadium, much of the focus will fall on the Eagles of FGCU, and for good reason. It’s not every day that a #15 seed plays in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. In fact, it’s never been…Read More »
ST. LOUIS, MO – Kansas has their revenge over the coach who left them. North Carolina has an entire off-season to wonder, “What if?” Using a 12-0 run to close the game, the Jayhawks turned a one-point lead into a 13-point victory over North Carolina in the Midwest Regional final,…Read More »