Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy
Title: The Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving
Organization: M Swimming & Diving
Phone: (617) 495-2268
Previous College: West Chester State 1979
Experience: 16th Season

Tim Murphy has led the Crimson to six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League championships and a 122-11 record in his 15 seasons as the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving.

The Crimson won EISL titles under Murphy in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008. Murphy led Harvard to Eastern titles in three of his first four seasons, including a win by a 409-point margin in his first season on the job. Three of his first four Crimson teams posted 9-0 records in dual meets, and he has totaled seven undefeated seasons.

The Crimson finished the 2012-13 ranked 18th in the final CSCAA poll with an unbeaten 9-0 record in dual meets, including a 7-0 mark against the Ivy League. For the fifth straight year Harvard placed second at the Ivy League Championships, but posted six new school records and earned an impressive 25 All-Ivy accolades.

In 2011-12 Harvard finished second at the Ivy League Championships but earned an impressive 28 All-Ivy League honors, including four first team and three second team honors for sophomore Chris Satterthwaite '14 who shared the Phil Moriarty Award as the Swimmer of the Meet. Five members of the team went on to compete at the NCAA Championships where the 400 free relay teams and 800 free relay teams earned All-America Honorable Mention status.

In 2010-11, Murphy led the Crimson to its first undefeated season since the 2007-08 campaign, finishing a close second to Princeton at the 2011 Ivy League Championships. In 2007-08, Murphy guided the Crimson to the Ivy League and EISL championships, as Harvard finished 9-0 overall with an 8-0 record in the EISL and 7-0 mark in the Ivy League. 

Harvard athletes have garnered All-America honors in 22 individual events and four relays under Murphy and have earned All-America honors in 12 of his 15 seasons. A total of 32 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. Murphy mentored Harvard to four individual All-America performances and two All-America relay honors in 2001 while his teams also registered four or more All-America finishes in 2000 (two individual, two relay), 2002 (four individual) and 2005 (three individual, two relay). Murphy's 2006 squad placed 20th as a team at the NCAA Championships.

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 was named head coach of the USA Swimming men's open water team prior to the 2011 FINA World Championships.

Murphy, who served as an assistant men's coach at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, also worked as an assistant at 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, who is also the head coach of the Crimson Aquatic club team, was a volunteer coach for the men and women's teams at Yale University from 1996-98. He was the head coach of both the men's and women's teams at Ursinus College (Pa.) from 1979-80 before serving as the assistant men's coach at his alma mater, West Chester State, from 1980-82.

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.

Murphy graduated from West Chester State in 1979 with a degree in Health and Physical Education and also earned his Master of Science in Physical Education. He was inducted into the West Chester hall of fame as a member of the Class of 2012. Murphy currently lives in Pepperell with his wife, Dorothea, and their four children (Daniel, Shannon, Sean and Kelley).