Tim Murphy Named 2012 AFCA President

Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy will lead the American Football Coaches Association in 2012 as president of the organization.

Murphy, who moves up from first vice-president of the Association, succeeds outgoing president Rob Ash of Montana State University. Murphy was elected president by members attending the Association’s 2012 convention this week in San Antonio, Texas.

“I am honored to be named president of the American Football Coaches Association,” Murphy said. “I wil do my best to provide leadership and represent the best inerests of the sport of football.”

In addition to Murphy, 2012 AFCA officers include first vice-president Tommy Tuberville of Texas Tech University; second vice-president Mike Welch of Ithaca College and third vice-president Mack Brown of the University of Texas.

Also serving on the Board in 2012: Todd Berry, University of Louisiana-Monroe; Lee Owens, Ashland University; Jim Grobe, Wake Forest University; Bill Cronin, Georgetown College (Ky.); Frank Solich, Ohio University; Mike Riley, Oregon State University; Gary Patterson, TCU; David Bailiff, Rice University; Mark Richt, University of Georgia; Pete Fredenburg, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Bobby Kennedy, University of Colorado, ex officio member and chairman of the Assistant Coaches Committee; Joe Taylor, Florida A&M University, ex officio member and chairman of the Minority Issues Committee; and Ed Maloney, Dundee (Mich.) High School, ex officio and chairman of the High School Program Committee. Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern University, Craig Bohl of North Dakota State University, Tony Samuel of Southeast Missouri State University and John Luckhardt of California (Pa.) University are newly-elected members of the Board this year. AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff serves as secretary-treasurer of the organization.

In 2011, Murphy became Harvard’s all-time winningest football coach, surpassing the legendary Joe Restic with his 118th victory on November 5. Harvard finished 9-1 overall and undefeated in the Ivy League to claim its 14th league title, and sixth under Murphy. Just the fourth head coach to man the Harvard sideline in the last 58 years, Murphy completed the 2011 season with a 120-59 record (1994-present). His overall head coaching record stands at 152-104-1 through 25 years, including five seasons as head coach at Cincinnati and two at Maine.

In accumulating a 9-1 record in 2011, Harvard continued its streak as the first and only team in Ivy League history to record 11 consecutive seasons with at least seven victories.

Murphy’s 2001 squad posted its first undefeated, untied campaign since 1913, going 9-0 and earning Murphy his second AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award. His 2004 team went a step further by going 10-0 to mark the first perfect season with at least 10 wins since 1901. The 2004 season, meanwhile, stands as arguably the Crimson’s finest in more than 100 years. The Crimson went 10-0 on the year and had an average margin of victory of 20.5 points.

Since Murphy took the reins in 1994, Harvard has had 76 First Team All-Ivy selections, five Ivy Rookies of the Year, six Ivy Players of the Year, six First Team All-Americans and sent 21 players on to pro football. In addition, 10 of his players have received national academic recognition (either CoSIDA Academic All-America or the FCS All-Academic Team).

Murphy spent five years at Cincinnati, with his final team in 1993 earning a 8-3 record, which was the program’s first winning season since 1982. Prior to his five-year stint with the Bearcats, Murphy spent two years as the head coach at Maine (1987-88). His first team finished with an 8-4 record, shared the Yankee Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs for the first time in school history. For those accomplishments, Murphy earned his first AFCA Regional Coach of the Year Award.

Murphy resides in Wayland, Mass., with his wife, Martha, and their three children: Molly, Conor and Grace.

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