ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—Murphy, who was born in Flint, Mich. graduated from Linden High School where she played volleyball and soccer. After graduation Murphy went on to play for Justin Martin and Concordia University. During Murphy’s four years playing on the hardwood for the Cardinals she became an Academic All-American twice and also left her mark in the top five for career block assists for the Cardinals.
During her fifth year at Concordia, Murphy served as a student assistant coach for the volleyball program.
Murphy began her ascend through the coaching ranks seven years ago when she began helping out at local middle school camps and clinics. She spent four years as the 16 national coach for the Huron Valley Volleyball Club.
In 2011, Murphy was named the varsity head coach at Ypsilanti High School where she spent two seasons. This past year, Murphy guided Skyline High School to a 19-21 record in her first season as the varsity head coach.
While coaching for local high school Murphy also continued to coach at the club level where she currently coaches a 16 national team at Legacy Volleyball Club. She also spent a year head coaching Eastern Michigan University’s women’s club volleyball program.
Through her time at nearby and fellow NAIA opponent Concordia University, Murphy is confident that her playing experiences will benefit her as the head coach of the Warriors volleyball program. “Being a student-athlete in college taught me so much about myself not only as an athlete but also as a person. Collegiate volleyball can be demanding at times. Balancing a full course load and volleyball can be difficult at times but at the end of my four years I found myself much more confident and responsible,” said Murphy.
Competing against RC numerous times throughout her collegiate career, Murphy is no stranger to the Warriors volleyball program. “I am extremely honored and ecstatic to be offered this opportunity to continue my coaching career with Rochester College. Throughout my playing experience I was able to compete against Rochester and become familiar with the program, which led to my interest in this position. I feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of a college that follows the mission that RC does,” said Murphy.
With the Warriors finishing in fourth place at the USCAA national tournament this past year, Coach Murphy looks to pick up right where Coach Crump left off. “In this next year we are looking to build on all that this program has accomplished in the recent years and continue to grow as a program,” said Murphy.
The Warriors will graduate six players from last years 26-26 team. Coach Murphy has immediately turned her focus to recruiting. “We are looking for student-athletes who embody the mission of the school while bringing individualism and determination to the program. Talent is definitely important but without desire and commitment, that talent is never fully achieved,” said Murphy.
With a spring season approaching Coach Murphy can’t wait to get going. “I am looking forward to being able to pass on my passion and excitement for the sport to athletes from many different backgrounds. Rochester is a great place to coach and I can’t wait to implement my strategies and philosophies to build a program that has success for years to come,” said Murphy.