CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Murphy has resigned as The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving to accept the head coaching position of the men's and women's swimming and diving program at Penn State, it was announced today.
"For the last 15 years, I have had the honor of watching these young men put their hearts and souls in being student-athletes at this university," said Murphy. "I want to credit the guys who have competed for me. They should be very proud for what they have accomplished over the years. Looking forward, the program will remain in good hands with captains Oliver Lee and Chris Satterthwaite. Each of them has made a significant contribution to the success of this team."
"I also want to thank Bob Scalise, the Harvard administration, the Varsity Club and Friends of Harvard Swimming and all the elite coaches at this university," Murphy continued. "The continued success of the program would not be possible without the efforts of these people."
During Murphy's 15-year career at Harvard, the Crimson has compiled a 122-11 dual meet record along with six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League championships. He has guided Harvard to seven undefeated seasons and exits ranked No. 3 on the all-time coaching wins list, which dates back to 1930. His .917 winning percentage is second among the seven coaches in Harvard history, trailing only Raymond Essick's .963 (26-1) mark from 1973-76.
He also departs with a wealth of international experience, including coaching the U.S. men's open water team for the 2012 Olympic Games and serving on the OIOC committee for USA Swimming. Murphy 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.
"We are grateful for the wonderful job Tim has done developing our student-athletes and bringing our program to an elite level," said Bob Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics. "He is leaving the team in a position to excel into the future and his mark will remain in the men's swimming and diving program for years to come. Tim will always be a friend of the athletic department here at Harvard."
Kevin Tyrrell has been named head coach for the 2013-14 season. Tyrrell served as an Assistant Coach for four years before being promoted to Associate Head Coach earlier this month. He has been in charge of the Crimson's recruiting efforts and has helped welcome recruiting classes ranked within the top 20 nationally in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
"I am excited to take over the head coaching duties during the upcoming season," said Tyrrell. "The future is bright for the program thanks to the job Tim has done during the last 15 years."
Tyrrell takes over after the 2012-13 season that saw the Crimson finish 18th in the final CSCAA poll and go unbeaten (9-0) in dual meets, including a 7-0 mark against Ivy League foes. For the fifth straight year Harvard placed second at the Ivy League Championships. The Crimson posted six new school records and earned an impressive 25 All-Ivy accolades. All nine members of the 2012-13 squad that contributed to Harvard's all-conference nods return for 2013-14.