PASADENA, Calif. (May 27, 2015) – The Caltech Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation has announced the hiring of Phil Murray as Head Coach for the Caltech men's soccer program.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Phil Murray to our team," Betsy Mitchell, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, said. "His tremendous knowledge of soccer both on and off the pitch, as well as his deep desire to provide a positive educational experience as an educator and mentor for our students, is a dynamic combination. There is so much positive energy and momentum all across our athletic department right now and he will be a great addition."
Murray joins Caltech following a seven-year stint at Division I Fairfield University in Connecticut, where he served as Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach and the program's recruiting coordinator. Murray helped the Stags to a pair of MAAC championships and NCAA Championship appearances while raising the team GPA to over 3.0 in 2012 and 2014. He also served as the Assistant to the Chair of the NSCAA national rankings committee for five years while at Fairfield.
"I am very excited to be joining the Caltech athletic family," Murray said. "It is an honor and a privilege to be named the Head Men's Soccer Coach, and I want to thank Betsy and the search committee for having belief in my ability to lead the soccer program. I was incredibly impressed by the vision that she outlined for the entire athletic department and cannot wait to get started on this journey.
I would also like to thank the Fairfield University staff, and particularly Coach Carl Rees, for an incredible seven years as a member of the coaching staff. The support and encouragement offered during the interview process helped make the decision to pursue this wonderful opportunity that little bit easier."
Prior to Fairfield, Murray spent three years as the First Assistant Coach at Division II Florida Southern College, where he coordinated daily training with the head coach and helped raise the team GPA to over 3.0 for the first time in program history. He has also coached at the club level, leading the nationally prominent Dix Hills Elite U17 boys program and Everton FC America's U16 Premier and U14 Boys teams.
In his playing career, Murray was a four-year starter, two-time All-Conference selection and All-American as an undergraduate at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He captained the squad to a pair of Florida Sun Conference and regional championships and participated in three NAIA National Championships. Prior to college, he spent four years as a youth professional at Blackburn Rovers FC in the English FA Youth Premier League, as well as the academies of Stockport County and Manchester United.
Murray graduated from Embry-Riddle in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Business Administration and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Southern in 2008. He holds a USSF 'D' license and is on track to complete his 'C" license and earn an NSCAA National Diploma in the summer of 2015.