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Frank Joseph McGuire (November 8, 1914 – November 11, 1994) was an American athletic coach who gained his greatest renown in collegiate basketball.

Born in New York City as the youngest of thirteen children in an Irish-American family, to New York police officer, Robert McGuire and his wife, the former Anne Lynch (his father dying when Frank was only two years old), McGuire graduated from St. John's University in 1936. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, interrupting his work as a teacher and coach at his high school. Prior to 1947 he also played pro basketball briefly in the American Basketball League; he then became the head basketball and baseball coach at his alma mater.

After bringing the baseball team to the College World Series in 1949 and the basketball team to the Final Four in 1952 – becoming one of only three coaches to achieve both accomplishments – he left St. John's to become basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. He guided North Carolina to the 1957 NCAA title, winning the championship game 54-53 in triple overtime against the Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas team, and finishing the season with a perfect 32-0 record.

In 1960, allegations of minor NCAA violations created a rift between McGuire and Chancellor William Aycock leading McGuire to resign after the season. The man who replaced him was Dean Smith, his assistant coach whom he recommended for the job. Shortly after he left North Carolina, McGuire became the head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors and coached Chamberlain during the Warriors' last season before they moved to San Francisco, California. McGuire resigned rather than move west with the team. During his season playing for McGuire, Chamberlain set his all time record for scoring average in a season, of 50.4 points per game.

Following his brief period in the NBA, McGuire became basketball coach at the University of South Carolina in 1964.

The Gamecocks quickly achieved national prominence and went undefeated in the ACC in 1970 and won the ACC tourney in 1971, after which USC would leave the Atlantic Coast Conference and became an independent. To this day, that is the only ACC tourney title won by a school based in the state of South Carolina. McGuire would then go on to take USC to the NCAA tournament several times as an independent.

McGuire holds the record for most victories in a season without a loss, together with Bobby Knight of the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, at 32-0.

He achieved the number one ranking with both the University of North Carolina and South Carolina, and is one of three coaches--Larry Brown and Roy Williams are the others—to take two different schools to the NCAA Finals.

McGuire was famous for using his New York City ties to enlist players to come south to play at UNC and USC, and was known as one of the top recruiters in the sport, frequently joking about how successful his New York City players, many of them Jewish and Catholic, were in Baptist-prevalent North Carolina and South Carolina.

Players that he coached or successfully recruited at the two schools include Lennie Rosenbluth, Larry Brown, Donnie Walsh, Doug Moe, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Cremins, John Roche, Tom Owens, Tom Riker, Kevin Joyce, Brian Winters, Mike Dunleavy, Sr. and Alex English.

After having been the first coach to take two different schools to the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament, in 1971 he became the second coach – joining Eddie Hickey – to take three different schools to the NCAA tournament. McGuire was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977, and retired in 1980.

He is the winningest coach in South Carolina history, and is still the third-winningest coach in North Carolina history. He died in Columbia, South Carolina.

He is not related to Marquette coach Al McGuire, who was a coaching contemporary of his. He did coach both Al and his brother Dick McGuire at St. John's.

Head Coaching Record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. John's Redmen () (1947–1952)
1947-1948 St. John's 12-11
1948-1949 St. John's 15-9 NIT 1st Round
1949-1950 St. John's 24-5 NIT 3rd Place
1950-1951 St. John's 26-5 NCAA Regionals,NIT 3rd Place
1951-1952 St. John's 25-6 NCAA Runner Up,NIT Quarterfinls
St. John's: 102-36
North Carolina Tar Heels (Southern Conference) (1952–1953)
1952-1953 North Carolina 17-10 15-6 8th
North Carolina: 17-10 15-6
North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC) (1953–1961)
1953-1954 North Carolina 11-10 5-6 5th
1954-1955 North Carolina 10-11 8-6 T-4th
1955-1956 North Carolina 18-5 11-5 T-1st
1956-1957 North Carolina 32-0 14-0 1st NCAA Champion
1957-1958 North Carolina 19-7 10-4 T-2nd
1958-1959 North Carolina 20-5 12-2 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
1959-1960 North Carolina 18-6 12-2 T-1st
1960-1961 North Carolina 19-4 12-2 T-1st
North Carolina: 164-58 84-27
South Carolina Gamecocks (ACC) (1964–1980)
1964-1965 South Carolina 6-17 2-12 8th
1965-1966 South Carolina 11-13 4-10 T-6th
1966-1967 South Carolina 16-7 8-4 3rd
1967-1968 South Carolina 15-7 9-5 T-3rd
1968-1969 South Carolina 21-7 11-3 2nd NIT 2nd Round
1969-1970 South Carolina 25-3 14-0 1st
1970-1971 South Carolina 23-6 10-4 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
South Carolina: 117-60 58-38
South Carolina Gamecocks (Independent) (1972–1980)
1971-1972 South Carolina 24-5 NCAA Sweet 16
1972-1973 South Carolina 22-7 NCAA Sweet 16
1973-1974 South Carolina 22-5 NCAA 2nd Round
1974-1975 South Carolina 19-9 NIT 2nd Round
1975-1976 South Carolina 18-9
1976-1977 South Carolina 14-12
1977-1978 South Carolina 16-12 NIT 1st Round
1978-1979 South Carolina 15-12
1979-1980 South Carolina 16-11
South Carolina: 166-83
South Carolina: 283-143 58-38
Total: 549-237

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

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Preceded by
Joe Lapchick
St. John's Men's Basketball Head Coach
1947–1952
Succeeded by
Al DeStefano
Preceded by
Tom Scott
North Carolina Men's Basketball Head Coach
1953–1961
Succeeded by
Dean Smith
Preceded by
Neil Johnston
Philadelphia Warriors head coach
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Bob Feerick
Preceded by
Chuck Noe
South Carolina Men's Basketball Head Coach
1964–1980
Succeeded by
Bill Foster







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