ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 
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
Email: tdmurphy@fas.harvard.edu
Alma Mater: West Chester State 1979
Experience: 16th Season

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

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

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

In 2011-12 Harvard finished second at the Ivy LeagueChampionships but earned an impressive 28 All-Ivy League honors,including four first team and three second team honors forsophomore Chris Satterthwaite '14 who shared the Phil MoriartyAward as the Swimmer of the Meet. Five members of the team went onto compete at the NCAA Championships where the 400 free relay teamsand 800 free relay teams earned All-America Honorable Mentionstatus.

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

Harvard athletes have garnered All-America honors in 22individual events and four relays under Murphy and have earnedAll-America honors in 12 of his 15 seasons. A total of 32 Crimsonhave earned AA status during his tenure, putting Murphy second onlyto Harold Ulen's total of 64 All-America honors for most in Harvardcoaching history. Murphy mentored Harvard to four individualAll-America performances and two All-America relay honors in 2001while his teams also registered four or more All-America finishesin 2000 (two individual, two relay), 2002 (four individual) and2005 (three individual, two relay). Murphy's 2006 squad placed 20thas a team at the NCAA Championships.

Murphy, the 1999 EISL Coach of the Year, brought a wealth ofnational coaching experience to the Crimson program when he tookthe reigns prior to the 1998-99 season. He has since been appointedas the head Olympic coach for the men's open water team for the2012 Olympic Games, serves on the OIOC committee for USA Swimming,and is on the board of directors for New England Swimming. He hasplaced athletes on Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific andPan-American teams, including Harvard alum and 2012 Olympian AlexMeyer '10 who was named the 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male OpenWater Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming. Murphy was named headcoach of the USA Swimming men's open water team prior to the 2011FINA World Championships.

Murphy, who served as an assistant men's coach at the2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia, alsoworked as an assistant at the 2001 World University Games inBeijing and at the 1993 World Short Course Championships. He wasalso a member of the Open Water Staff at the 1998 WorldChampionships in Australia.

Before his arrival at Harvard, Murphy spent 13 years as the headcoach of the nationally renowned Wilton YMCA Wahoos in Wilton,Conn. He led the Wahoos to seven national championships and wasnamed the YMCA National Coach of the Year in 1989. Murphy alsogarnered Connecticut Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Yearhonors in 1988 and 1998.

Murphy, who is also the head coach of the Crimson Aquatic clubteam, was a volunteer coach for the men and women's teams at YaleUniversity from 1996-98. He was the head coach of both the men'sand women's teams at Ursinus College (Pa.) from 1979-80 beforeserving as the assistant men's coach at his alma mater, WestChester State, from 1980-82.

Murphy currently serves as vice president of the AmericanSwimming Coaches Association Board of Directors and was a 10-yearrecipient of the American Coaches Association Certificate ofExcellence. He counts his high school coach Frank Paris, collegecoach Chuck Pagano, and club coaches Jack Simon and Bob Mattsonamong his mentors.

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