March 20, 2009

Richmond's Sue Murphy Resigns Midseason

by Clare Lochary | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

University of Richmond women's lacrosse coach Sue Murphy has resigned midseason after eight years as head of the Spiders' program.

Richmond's women's soccer coach, Peter Albright, has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the 2009 season. Assistant director of athletic public relations Rachel Park declined to elaborate on the reasons for Murphy's departure.
"We have no comment," said Park. "Albright's a veteran coach, and they decided to go with him."
Park confirmed that second-year assistant coach Allison Nuzzi will remain on staff.

Albright has no lacrosse background, so most of the on-field decision making will fall to Nuzzi, a 2006 Richmond alum. The Spiders' next game is Saturday at noon at Towson. Richmond is currently 0-7, most recently falling 13-11 to Longwood on March 17.
Murphy first came to Richmond in 2001, after a six-year stint as the inaugural coach at Boston University. She posted a 79-54 overall record with the Spiders. From 1998 to 2005, Murphy was the head coach of the US Lacrosse National Team Program Developmental Team. She is a former member of both the US Lacrosse Board of Directors and itsWomen's Board of Governors. She graduated from UMass in 1990 with a degree in Sport Management and the school's all-time scoring record.
A national search for a new coach is underway, but Richmond does not expect to make a hire before the conclusion of the 2009 season.

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