Penn State named Tim Murphy as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs on Wednesday.
Murphy takes over the Nittany Lion programs after 15 seasons guiding the Harvard men’s team. He is the seventh coach in the Penn State men’s program history and fifth coach ever for the women.
“Tim brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and success to Penn State and we are thrilled to have him join our team of outstanding coaches,” Director of Athletics Dave Joyner said in a statement. “Tim has coached a multitude of conference champions, All-Americans and Olympians and we expect that he will continue to have similar successes at Penn State. He is committed to his student-athletes having an outstanding experience both in the pool and in the classroom, attributes we take great pride in at Penn State.”
Murphy posted a 122-11 dual meet record at Harvard with seven undefeated seasons while earning six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles. He also brought in three Top 20 recruiting classes during his final three seasons, and his final recruiting class was ranked No. 10 by CollegeSwimming.com.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Dave Joyner and Associate Athletics Director CharmelIe Green for giving me the honor to be the next head coach of men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Penn State University,” Murphy said in a statement. “I am looking forward to challenging the outstanding men’s and women’s student-athletes to continue to build on the tradition of excellence and begin a new and exciting chapter in Penn State swimming and diving.”
While leading the Crimson, his swimmers earned 13 school records, four of the five relays marks and own almost 80 percent of the Top 10 marks in program history. He saw seven of his student-athletes earn Academic All-Ivy League and his 2006 squad earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of American Academic Team Award. He also saw 18 student-athletes pile up 72 All-America honors.
Murphy also served as head coach for the U.S. open water team for last summer’s Olympics in London, and one of his Crimson student-athletes, Alex Meyer, finished 10th in the 10K Marathon event and is an Open Water 25K World Champion. Murphy also has served as a coach at the world championships and World University Games and has sent athletes to Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific and Pan-American teams.
Murphy is a 1979 graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, adding a master’s from the school in 1988.