Murphy Named to West Chester University's Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Murphy has led Harvard to six EISL titles and 36 All-America accolades (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, has been inducted into the West Chester University athletics hall of fame Class of 2012.
Murphy graduated from West Chester in 1979 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. A former team captain, he helped the Golden Rams finish in the top half of team standings at the PSAC Championships his junior and senior seasons. Upon graduation, Murphy got his start in the coaching field as an assistant at West Chester while earning his master's degree in physical education.
Murphy is entering his 15th season as head coach at Harvard where he has guided his student-athletes to All-America honors in 22 individual events and four relays. A total of 36 Crimson have earned AA status during his tenure, putting Murphy second only to Harold Ulen's total of 64 All-America honors for most in Harvard coaching history. The Crimson has also claimed six EISL championships in this time while posting a 113-11 record in dual meets.
Murphy, the 1999 EISL Coach of the Year, brought a wealth of national coaching experience to the Crimson program when he took the reigns prior to the 1998-99 season. He has since been appointed as the head Olympic coach for the men's open water team for the 2012 Olympic Games, serves on the OIOC committee for USA Swimming, and is on the board of directors for New England Swimming. He has placed athletes on Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific and Pan-American teams, including Harvard alum and 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer '10 who was named the 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.
Murphy's resume also includes stints as an assistant men's coach at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, the 2001 World University Games in Beijing and at the 1993 World Short Course Championships. He was also a member of the Open Water Staff at the 1998 World Championships in Australia.
Before his arrival at Harvard, Murphy spent 13 years as the head coach of the nationally renowned Wilton YMCA Wahoos in Wilton, Conn. He led the Wahoos to seven national championships and was named the YMCA National Coach of the Year in 1989. Murphy also garnered Connecticut Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1998.
Murphy currently serves as vice president of the American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors and was a 10-year recipient of the American Coaches Association Certificate of Excellence. He counts his high school coach Frank Paris, college coach Chuck Pagano, and club coaches Jack Simon and Bob Mattson among his mentors.