NEW LONDON, Conn. – Head men's soccer coach Kenny Murphy has announced his retirement after 10 successful seasons on the sidelines at Connecticut College.
"It has been a pleasure to work with the student-athletes at Connecticut College over the past 10 years," said Murphy. "We had a great run on the field, but more importantly, it has been extremely rewarding to see what individuals have accomplished since graduating. I have a former player paying it forward by starting his own non-profit for the underprivileged. Others are soon to become a veterinarian, dentist, and doctor, and we also have additional former student-athletes who are already successful in finance, law, and technology. I am happy and proud to see so many of these young men establishing themselves in their chosen professions. Finally, I want to thank all of my assistant coaches over the years for their dedication and effort to establish the men's soccer program and bring it up to where it is situated today."
Murphy arrived at Connecticut College in June of 2009 and quickly took a program which had endured 11 consecutive losing seasons to a new level. The Camels posted a winning 8-6-1 campaign in his first season to earn a spot in the NESCAC Tournament and continued to improve over time.
In total, Murphy won nearly 60 percent of his matches at the helm of the Camel program by registering an 84-53-21 record over 10 seasons. The team was also 43-38-7 in league play and qualified for the NESCAC Tournament nine times, advancing as far as the semifinal round on two occasions. Furthermore, the Camels have recorded a 42-17-9 ledger over the past four years and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time ever.
All in all, Murphy has coached four NCAA All-Americans, 13 All-NESCAC First Team selections, six All-NESCAC Second Team honorees and the only three players in program history to be named the NESCAC Player of the Year and the only two student-athletes to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year accolades. Murphy himself was recognized as the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2018 after leading the Camels to 13-3-2 record overall, including a 7-1-2 mark in conference play, as well as a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Murphy's success extended beyond the pitch, as his squads regularly posted a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 to earn team academic awards. In addition, he has produced one student-athlete who has been named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in each of the last four seasons, including five overall, as well as players who have been named Scholar All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches.
"In the past 10 years, Kenny rebuilt our program into a perennial contender in the NESCAC," said Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics Fran Shields. "His incredible work ethic, deep immersion in the sport of soccer, attention to detail, demand for total team buy-in, and emphasis on academic success created a culture that culminated with our most successful season ever this past fall. He prepared our student-athletes to flourish in their lives after college, and we wish him the best moving forward."
Murphy will remain in his role at Connecticut College through June 30. His successor will be announced later this week.