Brendan Murphy was hired in February 2013 and enters his sixth season as the D'Youville men's soccer head coach. Coach Murphy becomes the fifth men's soccer coach at D'Youville since the program's inception in 1999. The Williamsville, New York native brings a high profile resume that includes playing and coaching at the highest levels of the sport.
Murphy led the program to their second playoff appearance under his tutaledge in 2017 as the men reached the AMCC playoffs as the sixth seed. The Spartans finished the season strong as they were undefeated in the final four games of the regular season, including three consecutive wins.
In 2014, Murphy led the men's soccer program to the AMCC playoffs for the first time in school history. Turning the team around from an 0-18 season in his first year, Murphy guided the team to a 4-11-2 record, including four-game unbeaten streak which helped push the Spartans to the six seed in the AMCC playoffs. His outstanding coaching earned him AMCC Coach of the Year and Upper 90 Magazine WNY Coach of the Year.
Brendan was served as the goalkeeper coach for the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League in 2017. As part of his position, Murphy worked with head coach Bob Lilley and Mark Pulisic. Lilley has coached in the USL for 23 years, making the playoffs each of those years. Pulisic is the father of United States Men's National Team midfielder Christian Pulisic. Mark Pulisic spent three years working with Borrusia Dortmund of the Bundesliga, the highest level of professional soccer in Germany and where Christian currently plays.
As of July of 2017, Murphy was named the Director of Coaching for Delaware Soccer Club. His duties for the club will include overseeing the entire club, down to the development players, coaches and club development. Delaware Soccer Club is the largest youth soccer club in the city of Buffalo, with over 1,400 players under his guidance.
From November 2012 to the end of 2016, Murphy served as head coach of FC Buffalo, the highest level of professional soccer in Buffalo. During his first season Murphy coached the team to a 8-4 record which allowed them to qualify for the post season. FC Buffalo is the highest level of men's soccer in Buffalo. The amateur franchise competes in the National Premier Soccer League and is composed mostly of college players competing nationally. He will continue his work with FC Buffalo in addition to his duties at D'Youville College.
Coach Murphy’s collegiate coaching resume prior to D’Youville includes three previous programs, two of them at the NCAA Division I level. From 2010 to 2012 Coach Murphy was an Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach for the University at Buffalo. During his time with that program, the Bulls were twice semifinalists in the Mid-American Conference Tournament (2010-11).
From 2008-2010 Coach Murphy was the Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach at Niagara University. In 2009 the Purple Eagles reached the finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for the first time in their program’s history. Niagara goalkeeper John Fiutowski was the NCAA Division I national leader in saves after the 2008 season and attended three MLS training camps after Murphy’s tutelage
2004-2007 Coach Murphy worked with the Buffalo State College program, first as the Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach from 2004-2007, then as Interim Head Coach. Murphy guided the Bengals to a 5-2 record during his time on the sideline in the 2007 season and a berth into the SUNYAC Tournament. After learning from Coach Murphy, Bengal’s goalkeeper Shawn McDonnell was offered a contract from the Vancouver Whitecaps of the USL 1st Division and played for Queen City FC of the National Premier Soccer League.
Since 2007 Coach Murphy has worked as a coach with the New York West Olympic Development Program, most recently as the Director of Goalkeeping for all teams in the region.
Coach Murphy holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A' license.
Coach Murphy is a 2002 graduate of St. Lawrence University. As a student-athlete, Murphy was the starting goalkeeper for the 1999 NCAA National Championship team and a First-Team All-Conference selection in 2001. His four-year career as the Saint's goalkeeper reads as an astounding 41-1 career record with 25 shutouts. His named is still etched in the St. Lawrence men’s soccer record book at the top of the following categories: career winning percentage (.977) and career goals against average (0.53). Murphy is 4th all time for the Saints in career shutouts (23).
After college he went on to play for the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the Premier Development League and the Cincinnati Riverhawks of the USL 1st Division. He also trained with Brentford FC and Millwall FC of the 1st Division Pro League in London, England.
Coach Murphy also shares his knowledge as a teacher of coaches. From 2009-2012 Murphy was the Amherst Soccer Association Director of Coaching. His duties were to manage and organize approximately 40 travel teams and 1,500 recreational players, 85 travel coaches, and 150 recreational coaches. N.Y. From 2006-2009 Coach Murphy was the Orchard Park Soccer Club Director of Coaching and Camp Director where he developed and executed comprehensive coaching curriculum and policies for boy’s and girl’s travel and house league teams. He is also state certified instructor for United States Soccer Federation D and E licenses.
Coach Murphy's family includes his wife Jessica and children Lincoln and Nora who reside in Williamsville, New York.