DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis has announced the appointment of Ryan Murphy as the Corsairs’ fifth head men’s lacrosse coach. Murphy, currently the Assistant Director of Operations at Kings Lacrosse in Plymouth, Mass., had most recently served as an assistant coach at Mass. Maritime.
“Ryan is equipped with a skill set to lead our men’s lacrosse program into the future,” stated Van Voorhis. “He possesses a vast peer network and a wealth of access to recruits through his association with the Kings Lacrosse club program. It's clear he is passionate, genuine, and eager to lead our young men with a strategic and focused effort. I expect a smooth transition under his direction.”
Murphy was a four-year standout player for head coach Keith Bugbee at Springfield College from 2011-14. A two-time First Team All-Conference honoree at attack, he finished his prolific career with 96 goals and 54 assists for 147 points, ranking 18th all-time in the program record books. Murphy generated over 50 points for the Pride in back-to-back seasons as a junior and senior, posting a career-high 55 in 2013. The Pride posted a cumulative record of 50-22 from 2011-14, with Murphy appearing in 67 contests, and won three Pilgrim League titles before earning the NEWMAC men’s lacrosse crown in 2014. In Murphy’s senior season, Springfield advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010.
“Ryan Murphy is a great addition to the Athletic Department at UMass Dartmouth,” said Coach Bugbee. “He is a wonderful young coach whose has strong knowledge of the game and so much energy. I loved coaching him at Springfield and I always knew he would be a very good coach. This is a win-win for both Ryan and the program.”
Since graduating from Springfield with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management, Murphy has held a variety of coaching and youth development roles in southeastern Massachusetts. Since January, he has held the role of Assistant Director of Operations for Kings Lacrosse, where he manages all operations of the nine club lacrosse teams housed at the facility in Plymouth, Mass. He migrated into the role after serving as the Assistant Director of Cape Cod Lacrosse before several organizations merged to form Kings. Before returning to the area, Murphy was an administrative intern at Boston College, where he played a wide role in game scheduling, assigning officials and game day management.
Last season, Murphy was an offensive assistant at Mass. Maritime, coaching the attackers and scouting opponents, earning the spot after serving as the head coach at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School in 2016 and Sharon High School in 2015.