One of the outstanding minds in college soccer, Gregg Murphy begins his tenth season as head coach of the LMU women's soccer program.
Murphy, who assumed coaching responsibilities in July 1996, came to LMU after serving a successful stint as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. He boasts a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach.
Murphy's success as a coach, and the success of his players on the field, has brought unparalled success to LMU. His teams have seen greater accomplishments with each passing season. The past nine seasons the Lions have been dominate at Sullivan Field, winning more than 68 percent of their games (50-23-8). To date Murphy's record at LMU stands at an impressive 89-65-17.
In nine seasons, he has led the team to a winning record in seven of those campaigns. In 2002, Murphy led the Lions to their first ever postseason appearance. Murphy and the Lions were selected as an at-large team to the 2002 NCAA College Cup Tournament.
During the 2000 season he enjoyed the 100th win of his career against UNLV, and led the Lions to their best-ever finish in conference history (5-2), including a shutout victory against nationally ranked Santa Clara (No. 22). They finished the season ahead of Santa Clara and San Diego in the WCC, both of whom earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 1999, Murphy led the Lions to a 13-6 mark that included a national ranking at No. 19. In 1998, the Lions posted their best record ever at 12-2-5, not losing a game at home (6-0-4). In that season, for the first time in LMU women's soccer history, the squad was ranked among national leaders in three different categories (No. 3 in shutouts per game-0.68, No. 9 in team defense-0.58 GAA, No. 23 in winning percentage-76.3).
Murphy is also active on a national level, and recently served as an assistant coach for the Under-20 National Team camp held at the Home Depot Center. The camp was to prepare for the 2006 World Championships. Murphy looks to continue his involvement with the US National Team.
Off the field, Murphy continues to stress the importance of developing a complete student-athlete. His squads were honored in 1997 and 1998 by the athletic department for having the highest cumulative team GPA's in the department. The Lions again finished the 1999-00 and 2000-01 academic years with impressive cumulative team GPA's of 3.075 and 3.14, marks respectively. The women's soccer team captured another team title with a 3.4 GPA in the fall of 2004.
Murphy came from Chapman, his alma mater, where he became the full-time coach of the women's program in 1990. He gradually built the program into one of the most successful in the region. He guided the team to its first winning season in 1992 and followed with four consecutive winning campaigns. The 1994 squad finished with a 13-6 overall record competing as an NCAA Division III independent, while the 1995 squad posted a school-best 13-5 record and was ranked third in the West Region.
On the men's side, he inherited a struggling program in 1990, but increased its win total each season, capping the program's rise with a 17-4-1 record and a trip to the 1995 NCAA Division III Final Four. His men's teams, which were ranked among the West Region's top-three squads in his last three seasons, captured the 1995 West Regional championship. For his efforts, Murphy was named the 1995 NCAA West Regional Coach of the Year.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Murphy established rich ties to Chapman as a player.
A four-year letterwinner (1981-84) for the Panthers, he earned all-conference honors three times and All-America honors twice. In 1984 he played for the West Regional team and was named an alternate on the U.S. National Universities Team. He remains one of Chapman's greatest scorers with 24 goals, 12 assists, and 60 career points. Upon graduation, Murphy played two seasons with the Los Angeles Lazers reserve team of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).
With far-reaching contacts in the soccer world, Murphy holds a USSF National "A" Coaching License. His is a main figure in the Region IV Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff. He has been a regional team coach for the last five years, and currently serves as the head coach for the `88 girls regional team. In addition, Murphy was a member of the evaluation staff for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, and served on the Inner City Program committee with the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He served as a technical advisor for the United States Soccer Federation during the 1999 Women's World Cup.
Murphy originally began his head coaching career at the prep level at Santa Ana Foothill High School (1986-88) and then served as an assistant at Anaheim Canyon High School (1988-90).
Born on Nov. 21, 1962 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Murphy is a 1981 graduate of Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. He graduated in 1986 from Chapman University with a bachelor of arts degree in business management.
He and his wife Tina reside in Orange, Calif. with their two sons, Jack, six, and Sean, six months, and their two dogs, Guernsey and Doodle.