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After 22 Years at the Helm of the Brown Women's Hockey Team, Coach Murphy Retires

After 22 Years at the Helm of the Brown Women's Hockey Team, Coach Murphy Retires

Courtesy of Brown Sports Information/Margaret Klawunn, Vice President of Campus Life and Student Services

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After 22 years at the helm of the Brown Bears, Coach Margaret "Digit" Murphy will retire from coaching the women's hockey team. During the coming year she will work on a special archive project commemorating the many contributions of Brown's women athletes. We want to thank Coach Murphy for her 24 years of coaching women's ice hockey at Brown University and to recognize her extraordinary career. Given Digit's passion for sports and her commitment to the continued development of women's athletics we look forward to having her in this new capacity and the energy she will bring to this important effort. Meanwhile, Coach Murphy will continue her current work with USA Hockey as the mentor coach for the Development program and as the mentor coach to Slovakia by the International Hockey Federation, extending her hockey knowledge and coaching leadership to the global development of women's hockey.

Coach Murphy earned the title of the winningest coach in Division I Women's Ice Hockey when she recorded her 300th win in 2006-2007. Murphy's teams have played at the National Championship three times and have made it to the semi-finals four times. She has coached Olympians and All-Americans and has captured six ECAC regular season or tournament titles and five Ivy titles. Under her leadership, Brown Women's Ice Hockey players have been named Ivy League Player of the Year eight times, ECAC Player of the Year three times, Ivy and ECAC Rookie of the Year once, and ECAC Goaltender of the Year once. Seven of her players have played in the Olympics and four have been named All-Americans. Her players have earned 13 first team All-ECAC selections and 26 first team All-Ivy selections.

In 2004, Murphy was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame for her accomplishments both as a coach at Brown and as a student-athlete at Cornell where the women's hockey team's MVP award is named for her. A 1983 graduate of Cornell, Murphy was a four-year letter winner and captained the team her junior and senior years. She earned All-Ivy honors all four years and Ivy League Player of the Year in 1981. In 1994, she was inducted into Cornell's Athletic Hall of Fame.  As a coach, Murphy received the New England Hockey Writer's Coach of the Year award in 2001 and 1997, and in 1997 she also received the ECAC/KOHO Coach of the Year award. She has coached the U.S. National Team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival in 2004 and was a member of the Olympic Selection Committee in 1998. In 1992, she served as assistant coach to the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey National team which won a silver medal in Finland. Given her well-respected knowledge of women's ice hockey, Murphy has served as a color commentator on television, covering the Winter Olympics and the Women's Ice Hockey World Championships.

In addition to her many accomplishments as a coach and player, Coach Murphy has been a driving force for the development of girls' hockey in her home state as the primary source for the start of the Rhode Island Girls High School Hockey League and the creation of the RI IXpress Select Tier 1 Program.