Murphy Selected New England Coach of the Year for Seventh Time

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, has been named the New England Division I Head Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, it was announced today.

Murphy, was also received this honor in 1987 (with Maine), 1997, 2001, 2004, 2011 and 2014, has guided the Crimson to a 7-2 overall mark and 5-1 Ivy League record in 2016. A Harvard win against Yale in the 133rd playing of The Game Nov. 19 would give the Crimson its fourth-straight Ivy title for the first time in program history.

Harvard’s all-time winningest coach with 163 victories, Murphy, who is in his 23rd year with the Crimson, ranks second in Ivy League history with 115 conference wins. Murphy has led Harvard to nine Ivy titles (1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and is one crown shy of tying Yale’s Carm Cozza for the most conference titles in league history.

The Crimson has won at least seven games for 16-consecutive years, an Ancient Eight record.

Murphy will be honored at the Gridiron Club’s annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Marriot Hotel in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Tickets are $70 each or $700 for a table of ten. If you have a PayPal account, you can purchase tickets by sending funds directly to our email address:

You can also order online at, or call club secretary Dick Lawrence at (781) 929-3650.

Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

About the Gridiron Club, "Keepers of the Flame"
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.