UC Davis field hockey officially hired its first assistant coach by adding Kate Murphy to its staff as announced Thursday by head coach Tiffany Huisman. In addition to her daily involvement with the program's backfield, Murphy will also assist her coaching colleagues with recruiting, practice planning, team travel and other administrative tasks.
Murphy arrives to Davis from Boston University, her alma mater, where she assisted 33-year head coach Sally Starr last season.
"I love this game and cannot wait to share my knowledge and experience to help this team grow. With the construction of the school's new facility, I am excited to help UC Davis field hockey reach its potential and succeed both in the classroom, and on the field," said Murphy.
"Kate possesses the hockey IQ, passion and vision to take this program in the right direction," said head coach Tiffany Huisman. "Words cannot convey how excited I am to have her join this staff."
Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Murphy was the head coach for the Labrador Hockey Club U-13 boys' team. Based in Queensland, Australia, Murphy handled all administrative responsibilities in addition to her on-field coaching duties. Not only did her team capture a third-place finish in the Gold Coast premiership, three of her players were selected to represent Queensland in this age group.
Murphy's Australian experience was her second on the sidelines; while at BU, she also aided in the training of Worcester County United's U-14, U-16 and U-19 indoor and outdoor teams. Of this collection, three teams have captured USA Field Hockey Festival titles with another two advancing to the indoor National Championships.
When not on the field instructing players from her eight squads, Murphy organized tournaments, clinics and developed practice curriculums on a weekly basis.
Thanks to Murphy's tutelage, three Worcester County United players received All-American recognition, another four inked Division I commitments to the top field hockey programs in the nation and will compete at their respective schools next season.
Shrewsbury High School (Mass.) was fortunate to have Murphy as part of its field hockey staff for the 2012 campaign; throughout the four-month season, she organized daily practice plans, ran team fitness trainings and collaborated with other staff members about the squad's structural formation and game strategy.
Shrewsbury finished that season as league champions, collected a Central Massachusetts Division I district crown, its first since 2009, and competed in the state championship game for the first time since 2007.
That year also marked Murphy's inaugural involvement with USA Field Hockey Futures Program, an elite training experience for high school athletes that represents the start of the Olympic development process. As a certified coach for the Lincoln-Sudbury site, she focused her efforts on the U-14, U-16 an U-19 age groups and further developed their field hockey fundamentals. As a staff member, she also assisted USA Field Hockey with its player evaluations, recommendation and selection process.
While attending Boston University as one of its field hockey student-athletes, Murphy began coaching at various camps in New England region. Throughout the last five years, Murphy's influence shaped the coaching curriculum at field hockey camps organized by Nike, Champion (five years), College of the Holy Cross (two), Deerfield College Connection and Northeast Hockey (one).
A 2012 graduate who earned a degree in hospitality administration, Murphy was three-year fixture in Coach Starr's lineup and one of only four players to earn a starting spot in her final three years.
In her first season as a starter, BU won the '09 America East title-one of two the Terriers captured throughout her four-year tenure as the team also finished the 2011 campaign as regular season co-champions.
Also a four-year member of her league's honor roll, Murphy received her first all-conference award in her junior season when America East named her to its 2010 second team.
Voted team captain by her peers the following year, she ended her college career with first team all-conference, all-conference tournament and all-region honors.
Named MVP by her teammates in 2011, Murphy capped a decorated career by competing in the NCAA's Division I Senior All-Star Game.
Murphy's return to organized competition also took place throughout her stint in Australia; besides coaching Labrador Hockey's youth club teams, she also represented the program's Division I women's squad.Not only did her team end its season with an unblemished 25-0-0 mark, one that saw Murphy score eight goals, record 19 assists and earn a start in every game, she collected a bronze medal at the 2013 Queensland Opens Tournament.
Based on her quality of play at that event, she was one of 14 players who received a highly coveted invitation to represent Queensland's Super League Squad.
Before arriving to Boston, Murphy graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. A four-year letterwinner and three-year starter, her team earned a Central Massachusetts Conference (CMC) championship all four years, advanced to the state championship game on two occasions and won the title in 2005.
This two-time CMC and all-city all-star also led her U-19 Cape Ann Coalition club team to a championship-game victory at the 2006 USA Field Hockey Festival, participated in the USA Field Hockey Futures Program from 2005-08 and twice competed at the organization's National Tournament.
"The passion that coach Huisman has for the game is contagious and is exciting to be around," Murphy said. "I love this game, cannot wait to work alongside a group of dedicated student-athletes and a decorated head coach to shape the culture of this program."