Women's Crew Coaches
As he enters his 29th season as the head coach of the Brown women's crew, John Murphy is considered the premier coach in the nation. Along with his wife, associate head coach Phoebe Murphy, he has won seven NCAA championships in the 15 seasons since the competition began, and has never finished lower than fifth in the country. After winning the program's first championship in 1999, Murphy and the Bears went on to win again in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011 an astonishing run of seven titles in 13 years. Murphy is also a six-time winner of the EAWRC Coach of the Year award, taking home the honor in 1988, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2008.
In 2011, the Bears showed a true team effort, coming from behind to end in virtual tie with Stanford in the final event. Thanks to Brown's higher finish in the varsity eight race (less than a second difference) the Bears were awarded their seventh national championship crown while under the tutelage of the Murphy's.
Murphy was recognized by US Rowing with the Fan's Choice Award for the National Collegiate Coach of the Year 2011, presented at the inaugural Golden Oars Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club.
In 2008 the Bears easily won the team title with an impressive eight-point margin over second place Washington. The second varsity eight led the way for Bruno, winning a gold medal with a time of 6:42, more than two seconds ahead of the next boat. The varsity eight and varsity four each took the bronze, illustrating Brown's depth and team approach. The combination was enough to give the Bears 67 points, well ahead of the rest of the field.
At the 2007 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, TN, all three of Bruno's crews made it into the Grand Finals and captured its fifth NCAA Championship in 10 years. After the season, Murphy guided the crew to a semifinal appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta in London, England. To top off the successful 2007 season, Murphy also had one student athlete named to the First Team of the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.
In 2004, the second varsity eight went undefeated as Brown captured first place in both the varsity and second varsity eight races at the national championships in Sacramento, CA. Brown finished its 2002 season undefeated in the regular season and ended with a record of 10-1, earning its third national title. In 2001 the Bears finished third in the NCAA Championships at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. The team compiled an 11-1 overall record and captured its fourth straight Eastern Championship on Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.
In 2000, Murphy was named the Division I Rowing Coach of the Year by the CRCA (College Rowing Coaches Association) after his crew captured its second consecutive NCAA Division I Rowing Championship with victories in the varsity and second varsity races at Cooper River. In addition to a second consecutive NCAA title, the Bears' won the 2000 Eastern Sprints title and an Ivy League championship. In 1999, Murphy led his crew to the first NCAA Division I Championship in Brown University history after defeating the University of Virginia by a three-second margin at the NCAA Championship at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. The Bears' also captured the Eastern Sprints Championships and the Ivy Championship while setting a new course record.
Murphy coached the '98 women's crew team in the prestigious Henley Regatta in London, England. In 1997, he guided the crew to a third place finish at the inaugural NCAA women's rowing championship on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. That year, his varsity four won the first gold medals ever awarded at the NCAA championship. After finishing the 1996 season undefeated, Coach Murphy's crew became the first women's crew to capture the "Triple Crown" of collegiate racing - the Eastern Sprints, the IRAs, and the National Collegiate Rowing Championship. Murphy coached his crew to back-to-back IRA Championships in 1993 and 1994.
He also tallied an EAWRC team Championship in 1990, capturing the Charles G. Willing trophy after winning gold medals in the first varsity and the second varsity. Coach Murphy was recognized in '88 being named the EAWRC coach of the year after his varsity eight captured the Women's Eastern Sprints Championship for the first time in Brown history. Murphy began his coaching career in 1976 at Cal-Berkeley where he was responsible for the men's novice crew. He continued to coach the men's novice crew in 1977 and 1978.
In 1979-80, Murphy coached the women's novice crew at the University of Washington with the first novice eight going undefeated in the Pac-10 and claiming the West Coast Championship. Murphy returned to Cal-Berkeley as the novice women's coach in 1980, winning the Pac-10 West Coast Championship in 1981. His 1982 and 1983 crews were both silver medal winners and his 1984 crew were undefeated National Champions.
Murphy attended Kent School and Columbia University. At Kent, he captained the National Schoolboy Championship crew and rowed in the Royal Henley Regatta in his junior and senior years. He and his wife, Phoebe, have three children, Jack, Penelope and the late Patrick D. Murphy, and reside in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Murphy's Career Awards
EAWRC Coach of the Year: 1988, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, & 2008
CRCA National Coach of the Year: 2000, 2004, & 2008
CRCA Regional Coach of the Year: 2000, 2002, & 2008
Words Unlimited Coach of the Year: 1999
Words Unlimited Co-Coach of the Year (with wife, Phoebe): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
US Rowing Ernestine Bayer Award for significant contributions to women's rowing: 2007
Duffy Dwyer Memorial Award: 2004
Words Unlimited Team of the Year: 2004
Outstanding Athletic Achievement in Intercollegiate Athletics Award: 2002 & 2004
US Rowing Golden Oars National Collegiate Coach of the Year: 2011
Murphy's Record at Brown
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Entering her 25th season with the Brown program, Phoebe Murphy, wife of Head Coach John Murphy, has helped lead the Bears to unprecedented success. Under the Murphy's leadership, Brown has become the winningest program in NCAA Championship history, winning seven NCAA rowing championships in the last 13 years.
Murphy, who was named the associate head coach in 2010, has provided steady leadership and an amazing knack for getting the most out of her student-athletes. She was named the CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 after helping guide the Brown squad to its unprecedented seventh NCAA Division I Championship.
The husband-wife duo of John and Phoebe has helped the Bears become one the most respected programs in the country as they continuously compete for National Championships.
In the 2007 season, Murphy's novice eights and second varsity eights went undefeated during the regular season and went on to win the Grand Finals at the EAWRC Sprints. The second eights placed third at the NCAA Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and helped Brown claim an NCAA Championship. In 2004, the second varsity eights and second novice eights went undefeated winning gold medals at the Eastern Sprints. The second varsity eights also placed first in the grand finals at the NCAA Championships.
In 1999, Murphy's first novice crew posted a perfect 10-0 record while the second novice boat compiled an unblemished record of 8-0. Both the first and second novice boats captured the EAWRC Championship. It is no surprise that she was voted the EAWRC novice coach of the year.
A distinguished athlete, Murphy began her career as a single sculler. She captained the Brown crew in 1980 and stroked the varsity four which won the National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her other accomplishments include a Junior National Championship at age 16, gold medals in the Lightweight single at the Head of the Charles in 1979 and 1980, and being a member of the United States Lightweight National Team which won gold medals at the U.S. Nationals as well as the Canadian Henley.
Phoebe and her husband, John, the women's varsity coach at Brown, reside in Barrington, RI. The coaching tandem has three children, Jack, Penelope and the late Patrick D. Murphy.
Murphy's Career Awards
EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005, 2011
Words Unlimited Co-Coach of the Year (with husband John): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
US Rowing Ernestine Bayer Award for significat contributions to women's rowing: 2007
Former Brown national champion rower Catherine Starr '05
returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the Brown
Women's Crew in the fall of 2010. During her time with the Bears'
Starr has become an integral part of the staff, helping with the
2011 NCAA team that won the National Championship.
Brown's team captain as a senior, Starr competed for the Brown crew from 2002-2005, rowing in the varsity boat that won the gold medal in the 2004 NCAA Varsity Eight competition and captured the NCAA Division I National Team Championship. She also helped the Bears to a second place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championship and a third place finish in 2005.
Along the way, Starr was named a second team All-American in 2004 and a CRCA Scholar-Athlete in 2005.
A national caliber rower, Starr's career didn't end after she graduated from Brown in 2005 with a B.A. in the History of Art. She rowed for the United States at the 2005 World U-23 Championship, winning a title in the women's four in Amsterdam. She also participated in National Team Selection Camps in 2006 and 2008, and trained in residence with the National Team in Princeton for the 2008-2009 season.
Starr has also worked as the junior women's coach at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Connecticut, coaching 30 high school rowers daily from 2005 to 2008. Her youth club athletes experienced considerable success, placing at the Head of the Charles and at Nationals during her tenure.