Kenny Murphy will be entering his tenth season as the head coach of the Camel men’s soccer program in 2018.
The 2017 season was one of the program’s most successful under Murphy’s tutelage. The team began the fall unbeaten in its first 11 matches (8-0-3) and went nearly 600 minutes (599:24) without surrendering a goal between Sept. 17 and Oct. 7. Murphy’s squad was later rewarded with an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the first time the program qualified for the annual postseason event since 1995.
Murphy has compiled an overall record of 71-50-19 (.575) and has led the Camels to the NESCAC playoffs in eight of his nine years, which includes trips to the NESCAC semifinals in 2014 and 2015. In addition, he has developed several all-region players as well as All-Americans. All nine of his teams have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award.
Before coming to New London, Murphy was an assistant coach at Brown University. In his six years at Brown, Murphy helped the team earn four NCAA Tournament berths, capturing three Ivy League Championship crowns along the way. Under the direction of Brown’s head coach, Murphy coordinated recruiting efforts, played an active role in fundraising and assisted with academic counseling for a program that consistently ranks among the nation’s top ten percent for academics.
Murphy’s name is well known in the Nutmeg State. A 1982 graduate of the University of Connecticut, he contributed to three NCAA Tournament berths with the Huskies and served as team captain his senior year. Murphy was a three-time all-conference member and two-time All-New England selection. He closed out his collegiate career by playing in the NSCAA Senior Bowl.
Murphy was drafted by both the Detroit Express of the National American Soccer League (NASL) and the Hartford Hellions of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). Subsequently, he played for the Express and the Washington Diplomats before suffering a career-ending injury.
Murphy holds a USSF B license and an NSCAA Premier Diploma. He has been inducted in to the UConn Fairfield County Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.
Before returning to soccer, Murphy worked for 20 years in the private sector and most notably spent 16 years on Wall Street as a commodity broker.
Murphy and his wife Pam have two daughters, Kahley and Erin.