Darren Murray finished his third season with Harvard in 2015 and serves as a coaching assistant, working with the Crimson goalkeepers.
In his first season with Harvard, Murray helped sophomore Evan Mendez become one of the top goalkeepers in the Ivy League. Mendez earned first-team All-Ivy League honors and helped the Crimson to a second-place finish in the league in 2013.
In 2014, Harvard's goalkeepers allowed just 1.03 goals per game, and Mendez ranked in the top half of the conference in saves per game, save percentage and goals against average.
The strong work of the Harvard goalkeepers was on full display in 2015, as senior captain Evan Mendez posted a 0.74 goals against average in Ivy play and 1.10 mark overall. The Crimson tallied six shutouts on the season, including a 110-minute blanking of No. 8 Washington in Seattle. Mendez finished as one of eight Crimson student-athletes to earn All-Ivy recognition, landing on the second team.
Murray comes to Cambridge after a two-year run as an assistant coach at nearby Boston College. The stint was Murray’s second on head coach Ed Kelly’s staff as he previously assisted the Eagles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Prior to his most recent stay at BC, Murray was the head coach at Endicott for four seasons. Other coaching credits for Murray include the New England Aztecs (2006-present), Newbury (2005-07) and the South Shore United Blazers (2002-05). He also spent time with the New England Revolution (2002-03) and three seasons at Mercyhurst from 1999-02.
Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., was Murray’s first stop in the U.S., before transferring to Mercyhurst in 1995. He graduated from Mercyhurst in 1998, but not before leading the Lakers to two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and garnering all-conference and all-region honors. His playing career began in 1988 in the St. Patrick’s Athletics League of Ireland and he went on to attend the Football Association Ireland Soccer School of Excellence (1991-92) and play in the St. James Gate League from 1992-93.