July 27, 2016
BC's John Murphy named Georgia Southern coach
Boston College associate head coach John Murphy has been named head coach of the Georgia Southern menís team, the school announced Wednesday.
Murphy, 49, a former New England Revolution assistant coach, became the first U.S.-born coach to guide a professional team in Britain when he coached Livingston FC in Scotland in 2009. Murphy has also been head coach at Massasoit Community College, Assumption College and Anderson University.
"First and foremost, I'd like to thank Tom Kleinlein, Jeff Blythe and the entire search committee for this fantastic opportunity at Georgia Southern University," Murphy said. "My family and I are truly overwhelmed with the way we have been received and we look forward to an exciting future in Statesboro. During my brief time on campus, I felt a great energy for not only the men's soccer program, but for the athletic department, the university and the surrounding area. I am truly excited for the future of this program with the manpower, resources and collective synergy around the university at this time. The love that the student-athletes, the staff, the community and the alumni have for Georgia Southern is remarkable, and it speaks to the quality of the education, the athletic experience and the social environment on campus.
"Secondly, I would like to thank Boston College, head coach Ed Kelly and the members of the soccer team for their support and efforts during my time at the Heights. We accomplished much together in two seasons and I look forward to following them this fall. Finally, I would also like to thank former coach Kevin Kennedy for his support during this process. There will be much to do in the coming weeks as we plan to put a very competitive team on the field in 2016. With that in mind, my family and I can't wait to get to Statesboro and make some new friends in this special community."