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Jodi MurphyHead Coach
College: Richmond '07
Start Date: 11/18/2010
The 2014 4U Field Hockey/NFHCA South Region Coach of the Year, Jodi Murphy has created and overseen a rising Lady Flames field hockey program to national recognition and success during her tenure.
Murphy enters her fifth year at Liberty, having posted two consecutive NorPac Championships, two straight NCAA tournament appearances and three NorPac East Division regular-season crowns in as many years.
This past season, Murphy guided the Lady Flames to their first-ever NCAA tournament play-in victory over her alma mater, Richmond. Liberty bested the Spiders, 3-1, on Nov. 12 in front of a raucous Liberty crowd. The Lady Flames then made their first-ever appearance in the first round, squaring off against No. 1 North Carolina. The contest went down to the wire, with the Tar Heels coming out on top, 2-1 on Nov. 15. The appearance proved where the fast-paced program is headed, after two straight NCAA appearances in just four years.
Under Murphy's guidance, Liberty broke into the NFHCA Coaches Poll Top 20 for the first time on Nov. 11, 2014. The Lady Flames entered the final week with the No. 20 national ranking.
During the program's third season of competition in 2013, Murphy guided Liberty to its first ever NorPac Championship title and subsequent berth in the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament. Liberty posted a 17-5 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. The Lady Flames' signature win came in the NorPac Championship final, defeating No. 10 ranked Stanford, 2-1.
On July 1, 2012, Liberty joined the NorPac Conference, becoming the league's ninth member.
In 2012, Murphy helped guide the Lady Flames to a 16-6 overall record, marking a 10-win improvement from their inaugural season in 2011. Liberty's .727 winning percentage ranked 10th in the nation. Under Murphy's leadership, the Lady Flames posted a 7-1 mark in NorPac play, capturing the East Division's regular-season title in just their first season in the conference.
Murphy was honored as the 2012 and 2013 NorPac Co-Coach of the Year, as Liberty became the first team from the NorPac's East Division to reach the conference title game in back-to-back seasons. During the Lady Flames' three seasons in the league, Murphy's squads have produced 10 all-conference members, two-time NorPac East Division Offensive Player of the Year Natalie Barr and a pair of NorPac Maria Whitehead Rookie of the Year honorees. Additionally, five players have earned NFHCA All-South Region plaudits under Murphy's guidance, while nine Lady Flames have garnered VaSID All-State recognition.
In addition to the success on the field, Murphy's squads have also excelled in the classroom. Liberty earned the NFHCA's National Team Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, while five Lady Flames have been tabbed Scholars of Distinction the past two seasons.
Murphy also played a part in overlooking the completion of the program's nylon woven turf field, which is water-based and features six water cannons.
Murphy brought a wealth and variety of both playing and coaching experience to Liberty's field hockey program and is familiar with Virginia, as much of her experience comes from her time at Richmond.
Murphy spent three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, capping the three-year stint by helping Richmond to the 2009 Atlantic 10 regular-season title, Atlantic 10 conference title, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 19 final season ranking.
During her time with the Spiders, Murphy helped coach 18 Atlantic 10 all-conference players, seven VaSID all-state student-athletes, a third-team All-American and a pair of players who have earned Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
En route to the 2009 Atlantic 10 title, Murphy helped the Spiders' defense finish the season ranked No. 17 nationally with a 1.62 goals against average.
While on staff at Richmond, Murphy served as the Director of Staff Operations and was responsible for all aspects of recruiting, including player evaluation, correspondence and official on-campus visits.
Murphy also brings an array of additional coaching experience, including time spent at West Chester University, US Field Hockey (working with the Futures Developmental Program as both a Head Coach and Site Director) and leading hockey projects abroad with her non-profit organization, Pathfinder Hockey.
Murphy started her collegiate playing career at Indiana, playing for the Hoosiers for two years before transferring to Richmond. During her days at Indiana, Murphy started 37 out of 38 games over two seasons and earned NFHCA academic honors.
Murphy transferred to Richmond for the 2005 season and helped guide the Spiders to back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles and trips the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior, she started all 22 games and earned second-team Atlantic 10 honors, while she was a first-team honoree as a senior.
Murphy was a four-year starter and team captain at Jamestown High School in her hometown of Williamsburg, Va. She was a two-time first-team Virginia All-State selection and Virginia State High School League AA Player of the Year in 2002.
Murphy has participated in the USFHA A-Camp in 2003-04 and was a part of the National Field Hockey Futures National Championship from 1999-02. She graduated from Richmond in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in religion with an English minor.
Murphy currently resides in Lynchburg.