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.