John Murphy enters his first season as an associate head coach on Ed Kelly's staff.
Murphy, originally from nearby Quincy, brings over 20 years of coaching experience to The Heights, including 10 in the professional ranks. In 2009, he became the first American citizen to work in British professional soccer as a coach when he was hired by Livingston of the Scottish First Division.
Murphy came from Anderson University where he served as head coach for two seasons. He led the Trojans to the South Atlantic Conference tournament title in his first season and they qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Anderson was ranked as high as No. 19 in the NSCAA national poll in 2013.
Murphy has been the head coach at three other stops as well. His first head job was at his alma mater, Massasoit Community College, where he spent the 1994 season. He was also head coach at Assumption College (1998-2000) and Livingston FC (2009). Murphy has been recognized three times as the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year (1994, 1999, 2000).
Murphy has guided his teams to nine conference titles and has developed two players to Freshman of the Year honors. His Massasoit Community College team earned the 1994 NJCAA National Academic Male Team award for highest GPA and Assumption College won the 2000 ECAC Division II championship. Prior to his time at Anderson, Murphy was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. His two recruiting classes for the Tigers both ranked in the top 20 in the nation according to College Soccer News.
Murphy has also spent nine seasons on the Major League Soccer sidelines. He served as an assistant coach for New England (2000-03) and Columbus (2004) before serving as an assistant coach and director of player development at Colorado (2005-08).
He led the Colorado Rapids reserve team to consecutive Reserve League championships in 2006 and 2007 as the head coach. Columbus won its first Eastern Conference regular-season title and the 2004 MLS Supporters' Shield in Murphy's one year as an assistant and New England was a finalist in the 2001 US Open Cup and the 2002 MLS Cup while he was on the staff. Murphy has authored two books on soccer and published an instructional DVD set though Championship Productions.
He holds the UEFA Pro Badge from the Scottish Football Association, a U.S. Soccer "A" License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He was the first foreign-born coach to earn an English Football Association "A" Goalkeeper Coaching License in 2003.
Murphy earned an associate's degree from Massasoit Community College, a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State and a degree in applied management from the University of Warwick in conjunction with the League Managers Association of England. He played in goal at Massasoit in 1985-86 and was a member of the undefeated 1986 NJCAA national championship team.
Murphy and his wife, Erin, have three sons, Shay, Eamon and Declan. They reside in Newton.