Director of Coaching
Georgia Southern University Men’s Head Soccer Coach John Murphy was hired as RHSC's Director of Coaching May 1, 2018. Murphy also continues to serve as Georgia Southern’s head coach.
Coach Murphy will begin his third year as Georgia Southern’s head coach this fall. In 2017, he led program to first winning season since 2006 with a 9-8-1 record. Eagles earned its first regional ranking from the United Soccer Coaches since 2008, finishing 10th. In 2016, the Eagles went 3-1-1 in Sun Belt Conference play, claiming a share of the regular-season league title and earning a bye into the semifinal round of the Sun Belt Championship. This was the first conference championship in the program’s 37-year history. For his effort’s, Murphy was named the 2016 Sun Belt Coach of the Year.
He has more than 20-year coaching experience, with 10 years coaching in the professional ranks and has served as an assistant coach at Boston College, Clemson and Brown. His dual roles with the New England Revolution and Colorado Rapids saw him develop two comprehensive youth academies as Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Development.
He was also a head coach at Anderson University (S.C.) (2012-13), Livingston FC (2009), Assumption College (1998-2000) and Massasoit Community College (1994), his alma mater. He was twice named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) New England Coach of the Year in 1994 and again in 2000.
In 2009, he became the first American citizen to work in British professional soccer as a coach when he was hired by Livingston of the Scottish First Division. During that time, he worked with current standout players Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Andy Halliday (Rangers) and Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).
Murphy has also authored two books on soccer and published an instructional DVD set through Championship Productions. As an NSCAA National Staff Coach, Murphy is well known nation-wide as an educator and advocate for the game.
He holds the UEFA Pro Badge from the Scottish Football Association, a U.S. Soccer "A" License and a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He was the first foreign-born coach to earn an English Football Association "A" Goalkeeper Coaching License in 2003.