Dec. 5, 2006
Boston, MA - With the Brown women's ice hockey team's 3-1 victory over Boston University Tuesday night, Head Coach Digit Murphy became the winningest coach in Division I women's ice hockey history. Murphy now has 293 career wins, passing former Providence and Yale coach John Marchetti. The win also puts her in third place all-time for all divisions, behind current Middlebury Coach Bill Mandigo (334 wins) and current Minnesota coach Laura Halldorson (326 wins), who also coached at Colby.
Murphy has led Brown to a winning record in 12 of her 17 seasons. She has amassed 100 wins over Ivy League opponents, 200 wins over ECACHL teams and is just seven wins away from her 300th career victory, becoming the third coach to attain that honor. In 2004, Murphy was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame for both her own personal accomplishments as a student athlete at Cornell, and her continued commitment to the student athletes at Brown. In 2001, members of the media awarded Murphy the New England Hockey Writers' Coach of the Year award, and in 1997 Murphy's fellow coaches and the media honored her with both the ECAC/KOHO and the New England Hockey Writers' Coach of the Year awards.
In the summer of 2004, Murphy coached the U.S .National team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival, where Brown University was represented by eight of the 60 players. In October 1996, she coached the U.S. National Team as an assistant at the Three Nations Tournament. She has also coached at the Junior National level in Lake Placid for eight years, and was a member of the 1998 Olympic Selection Committee. In 1992, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey National Team. Under Head Coach Russ McCurdy, she helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal in Finland.
A 1983 graduate of Cornell University, Murphy was a four-year letter winner for the Big Red women's ice hockey team. She captained the team as a junior and senior, and earned All-Ivy honors each of her four seasons. In 1981, she earned the crowning achievement of her playing career when she was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. As one of the all-time leading scorers at Cornell, Murphy had a total of 123 goals and 90 assists for 213 points. She was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Prior to Cornell, Murphy played hockey locally for the Cranston Panthers of the South Shore Women's Hockey League.