July 20, 2011

Colgate Names Murphy as New Head Coach

from press release

Mike Murphy, an assistant at Army the past eight seasons, is the new head coach at Colgate.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. – Colgate University Director of Athletics David Roach announced Wednesday the hiring of Mike Murphy as the head coach of the Colgate men's lacrosse team. Murphy arrives in Hamilton after spending the past eight seasons as an assistant coach at Army (2003-11). Murphy served as the defensive coordinator for the Black Knights who consistently ranked among the best defensive teams both in the Patriot League and nationally.

"I'm very excited that Mike has chosen to join the Colgate Athletic family and continue the success of our national caliber program," stated Roach. "With 14 years experience, he has a wealth of knowledge of lacrosse, particularly the Patriot League. We look forward to the future of our lacrosse program."

During his eight years at West Point, Murphy helped lead the Black Knights to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2004-05, 2010), two Patriot League regular season titles and one Patriot League tournament championship in 2010. During Army's run in 2010, the Black Knights finished third in the Patriot League in scoring defense (9.31 gpg), while holding then No.2 Syracuse to just eight goals in 9-8 upset victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Murphy helped Bill Henderson win Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors. Henderson also collected All-Patriot League first-team plaudits and was tabbed a NCAA All-American. Henderson and Army goalkeeper Tom Palesky both earned honorable mention All-America honors that season.

During his 14-years of coaching Murphy has mentored 17 All-Americans, 80 All-Conference performers, eight Patriot League Players of the Year, one member of the 2010 Team USA and one finalist for the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy.

"I couldn't be more excited to be given the opportunity to be the head coach at Colgate," stated Murphy. "Colgate is the perfect fit for me. I can't wait to start working under Dave Roach, who has brought a lot of excitement around campus."

In 2008, Murphy helped the Black Knights finish sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing only two teams to score more than 10 goals en route to a 7.13 goals against average. Murphy had one first-team all-conference selection in Adam Fullerton, who capped his career with third-team All-America honors and two-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year awards. Fullerton was also selected as one of two goalkeepers on the US National Team that went on to win the FIL World Championship.

"It is always a challenge playing in one of the best conferences in the nation," said Murphy. "But it helps having one of the top players in the nation in Peter Baum along with Jared Madison who has the potential to being the best goalie in the Patriot League."

Murphy joined Army after spending two seasons at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he was in charge of the Big Red's defensive unit and face-off personnel. He also served as an assistant on Denison's football coaching staff and held a position in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation as an instructor.

Prior to his work at Denison, the University of New Hampshire graduate served as head assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Wingate University from 1999-2001. The Beverly, Mass., native helped the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Division III National Semifinal appearance in school history as the squad posted a 27-17 record in Murphy's three seasons on its sideline, while 14 players garnered All-Deep South honors. His 2001 defensive unit finished the season ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (12th), winning percentage (7th) and goals-against average (10th).

Murphy also enjoyed one-year stints at Pfeiffer University and Merrimack College after his graduation from New Hampshire in the spring of 1996, where he was a three-year letterman for the then-Division I Wildcats.

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