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Tim Murphy Named New Swimming and Diving Coach

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving program will be under the direction of Harvard’s Tim Murphy, Penn State announced Monday.

“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,” athletic director Dave Joyner said in a release. “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, a former Olympic coach, replaces John Hargis, who resigned in June after five years as the team’s head coach to accept a job as an associate head coach at Auburn. In his first season, Hargis coached Patrick Schirk to a World University Games silver medal. Additionally, seventeen of his swimmers competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

The university’s latest hire will be the seventh coach for the men’s team and fifth coach for the women’s program.

For the past 15 years, Murphy has led the Harvard men’s swimming program. While there, he compiled a 122-11 dual meet record and earned six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles. He posted seven undefeated dual meet seasons and had three Top 20 recruiting classes during his final three seasons. Murphy’s team earned 97 individual league championships and 31 relay titles, winning at least five individual or relay championships on 13 occasions.

While under his leadership, 18 student-athletes captured All-American honors on 72 occasions, with 14 of those swimmers garnering first team All-American honors 44 times.

“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Dave Joyner and Associate Athletics Director Charmelle 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. “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.”

Adding to his extensive collegiate experience, Murphy served as the head Olympic coach for the men’s open water team at the 2012 Olympic Games. He is also on the OIOC committee for USA Swimming.

Murphy spent 13 years as the head coach of the Wilton YMCA Wahoos, leading the teams to seven national championships, prior to arriving at Harvard. He was named the YMCA National Coach of the Year in 1989.

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Jessica Tully

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