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Black Watch NY West adds Brendan Murphy to staff
Black Watch NY West is pleased to announce the addition of Brendan Murphy to their staff. Coach Murphy duties will include Head Goalkeeper Coach as well as assist with all Boys teams. Coach Murphy will oversee the training of all the Black Watch Goalkeepers as well as run the Goalkeeper Academy. The Williamsville, NY native is currently the D'Youville College Head Men's Soccer Coach as well as Head Coach of FC Buffalo.
"Black Watch is proud to add another quality coach in Brendan Murphy to our staff. Coach Murphy has the qualifications and experience that fits well with the Black Watch philosophy." says Jim Hesch- Black Watch NY West Director of Operations
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. From 2008-2010 Coach Murphy was the Assistant/Goalkeeper Coach at Niagara University. From 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.
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), career goals against average (0.53), and career shutouts (24).
After college he went on to play for the Kalamazoo Kingdom of the Premier Development League and the Cincinnati Riverhawks of the USL 1stDivision. He also trained with Brentford FC and Millwall FC of the 1stDivision 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.
High School Team: Williamsville South, 2 time High School All-American, 4 time All-WNY 1st team selection
Years playing for Black Watch: 3
Most memorable Black Watch moment: My most memorable Black Watch moment was winning State Cup in 2012. That was the first time I had ever been to State Cup and the Empire Academy team was supposed to win the championship. We ended up beating them 5-1 as well as beating all of the other teams. Overcoming adversity with my team mates and lifting the cup for the first time is a moment I am never going to forget!
Most memorable Non Black Watch Soccer moment: My most memorable soccer moment was playing in the 2013 High School All-American game. 44 girls from across the country met in North Carolina to play in this game. It was a great experience being able to meet and play with girls who share the same passion for soccer as I do.
College committed to: Colgate University
National Team/Regional Team/ ODP experience: u16 National Team Pool, 4 years playing for Region 1 Team, 5 years playing for New York West State Team
Favorite thing about Black Watch? My favorite thing about Black Watch is the passion for soccer everyone part of this club has. From players to coaches, it is evident how much soccer means to them. Showing up for practice is the highlight of my day as I am able to connect with people who share the same love for the game as I do. We battle on the field as competitors but all the while we connect as teammates. I have loved playing for Black Watch the past 3 years and I will always remember it as a highlight when looking back at my youth club soccer years.
What would you tell to younger players interested in joining Black Watch? Black Watch is a unique soccer club as it combines technical and tactical training, fitness, small sided games, and larger games in order to provide the players with the best training possible. The wide variety helps to create the best overall soccer player. It is important to play for a club like Black Watch because this club will help you achieve your soccer goals for the future.
Other Important information you would like to add: All of the Black Watch coaches are committed to their teams and players in order to help you succeed as a soccer player and person. Playing for Black Watch has helped me achieve my goal of being able to play at a Division 1 college and I am very excited to share what I’ve learned from this soccer club with my teammates next year!