Harvard's Tim Murphy Named New England Coach of the Year

Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football Tim Murphy at the 2010 Bushnell Cup presentation at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel (Gene Boyers)

BOSTON, MASS. – Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football has been named the New England Head Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president Paul Stewart.

Murphy will be honored as part of the annual awards dinner on January 12, 2012 at the Westin/Waltham Hotel.

Murphy became Harvard's all-time winningest football coach this season, surpassing the legendary Joe Restic with a 35-21 victory at Columbia.

Harvard went 9-1 overall and undefeated in the Ivy League to claim its 14th league championship and sixth under Murphy. For the first time in program history, Harvard clinched the outright championship before the final week of the season, doing so after a 37-20 victory against Penn on Nov. 12, during which the Crimson scored its most points against Penn since 1981.

Harvard defeated Yale, 45-7 to earn its 10th victory over the Bulldogs in the last 11 years while recording the widest margin of victory since 1982.

The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 11th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.

All nine of Harvard's victories came by double figures with eight of the wins coming by at least 14 points.

Harvard's senior class went undefeated against five of the Ivy League's seven programs including Yale and Princeton.

Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston ( promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.

The Gridiron Club is steward of some of the most storied awards in American sport. The George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award, established in 1939 and awarded to New England's best college football players, is the country's oldest accolade of its kind after the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, inaugurated in 1946, recognizes football players who also distinguish themselves in the classroom. In 1977, the club assumed stewardship of the Walter Brown Award, the nation's oldest college hockey honor, which is given to the best American-born college player in New England.