John Murphy Joins Men's Soccer As Associate Head Coach
March 6, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - John Murphy, who has served as the head coach of Anderson University for the last two seasons, has been named Associate Head Coach for the men's soccer team, announced today by Head Coach Ed Kelly.
Murphy, originally from nearby Quincy, brings nearly 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.
"I am very excited to bring John onto our coaching staff," Kelly said. "I have known him for more than 20 years and his coaching experience is second to none. His familiarity with both collegiate and professional soccer makes him a great fit for Boston College and our student-athletes."
Murphy led Anderson University to the South Atlantic Conference tournament title in his first season and the Trojans qualified for the NCAA Tournament last year. Anderson was ranked as high as No. 19 in the NSCAA national poll in 2013.
Prior to his head coaching duties at Anderson, Murphy spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson. His two recruiting classes both ranked in the top 20 in the nation according to College Soccer News.
Murphy also has collegiate experience as head coach at Assumption College (1998-2000), assistant coach at Brown (1995-98) and head coach at Massasoit Community College (1994-95). While coaching at the collegiate level, Murphy was named NSCAA New England Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2000. He captured seven conference championships and the 2000 ECAC Division II Championship at Assumption.
Murphy brings a wealth of professional experience to the program as well. His latest stint came in 2009 with the Livingston Football Club in Scotland. He also spent nine years coaching in Major League Soccer. Murphy was with the Colorado Rapids (2005-08) for two appearances in the Western Conference final, the Columbus Crew (2004-05) when the team won the 2004 Eastern Conference title, and the New England Revolution (2000-04) for a pair of Eastern Conference championships.