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2019-10-09 (2)Mike Murphy, the all-time winningest head coach in Penn Men’s Lacrosse history, enters his 11th season as the James H. Greene Head Coach of Men’s Lacrosse in 2020.

All-Time Winningest Coach In Penn Men’s Lacrosse History — 75 Wins
2019 Unanimous Ivy League Coach of the Year
16 All-Americans Coached At Penn
50 All-Ivy Players Coached
3 Ivy League Rookies of the Year Coached
7 Professional Players

Ivy League Regular Season Championships — 1 (2019)
Ivy League Tournament Appearances — 7 (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Ivy League Tournament Championships — 2 (2014, 2019)
NCAA Championship Appearances — 3 (2011, 2014, 2019)

Murphy and the Quakers recently completed one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2019. The Red and Blue tied the program record with 12 wins, achieved the highest national ranking in program history, won the Ivy League’s regular season and tournament championships for the first time in the same season, and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1988.

After losing their first three games of 2019 – each to a Top-5 opponent – the Quakers won 12 in a row to tie the program record for most consecutive wins. Along the way, the Quakers defeated the defending national champions for just the second time in program history with an epic 13-12 win in 3 OTs over Yale at Franklin Field. That win was part of a perfect 6-0 Ivy League slate which earned Murphy his first Ivy League title as a head coach and gave the Quakers their first outright and undefeated Ivy League title since 1984.

At the end of the season, Murphy was named unanimous Ivy League Coach of the Year and a program-record nine players were named All-Ivy. Freshman Sam Handley led the way, earning unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors and topping a program-high four first-team All-Ivy selections.

A strong schedule has been one of Murphy’s points of emphasis at Penn. During his time as head coach, the Quakers have ranked No. 1 (2012), No. 2 (2013, 2018), No. 4 (2019) and No. 6 (2014) in overall Strength of Schedule.

The 2018 campaign was highlighted by a victory over #1 Duke at Franklin Field in February and a second consecutive trip to the Ivy League Tournament. Connor Keating was named an All-American for the third time, the first three-time awardee since 1985.

Murphy also was an assistant coach with the Quakers in 2001 (as defensive coordinator) and 2002 (as offensive coordinator). Penn’s 2002 squad went 9-4 overall, at the time the program’s best record in 13 seasons.

Prior to his return to Penn, Murphy spent seven years at Haverford College where he took the program to unprecedented heights. The Fords steadily improved every year under his leadership, and Murphy departed Haverford with a 64-41 record and matched the school record for wins originally set by program founder Dana Swan.

Prior to his assistant coaching stint at Penn, Murphy was an assistant coach at the University of Virginia from 1993-97, coaching in the 1994 and 1996 national championship games and three semifinals. He also spent the 1992 season at Brown University, coaching a team that held a top-10 national ranking and was an NCAA quarterfinalist.

Murphy was a member of the Division III NCAA Championships Committee from 2005-09. He is vice president of the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) and currently sits on the NCAA rules committee after previously serving on the NCAA Championships Regional Advisory Committee. He also coached the South Team at the 2005 Division III North/South All-Star Game.

Murphy attended Duke University, where he was a three-year starter (one as a long stick middie, two at closed defense) for the nationally ranked Blue Devils and captain of the 1991 team. He graduated with a degree in history and political science. Murphy also holds a master’s degree in higher education management from Penn, earned in May 2004

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