Tim Murphy

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Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy has led the Harvard University men's swimming and diving team to six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League (EISL) championships and a 107-9 record in his 13 seasons as its head coach. As the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard, Murphy is also the personal coach of American Olympian and world open water swimming champion Alex Meyer and was named the open water swimming coach for the 2012 USA Olympic Swim Team at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Collegiate Coaching Career

The Harvard 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 six undefeated seasons.

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.

His Harvard athletes have garnered All-America honors in 22 individual events and four relays. Murphy mentored Harvard to four individual All-America performances and two All-America relay honors in 2001. His teams also registered four or more All-America finishes in 200 (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.

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.

International Coaching Experience

Murphy, the 1999 EISL Coach of the Year, brought a wealth of international coaching experience to the Crimson program when he took the reigns prior to the 1998-99 season. He is a member of the USA Swimming National Team coaching staff, 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 and 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.

Coaching Leadership

Murphy completed two terms on 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.

Education and Family

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 lives in Pepperell with his wife, Dorothea, and their four children (Daniel, Shannon, Sean and Kelley).


See here for a Swimming World Magazine interview.

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