A former standout with the Golden Griffins, Brendan Murphy returns to Canisius for the 2014 season and is set to serve as the program’s defensive coordinator.
Murphy rejoins the Griffs after spending the 2013 season with Bellarmine, where he worked with the team’s defensive and goaltending units in addition to assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program. A former long-stick midfielder with the Griffs, Murphy guided the Knights to the nation’s eighth-ranked scoring defense in 2013 plus the 11th-ranked man-down unit. He also helped Knights netminder Dillon Ward lead the NCAA in save percentage, while ranking third in saves.
The Williamsville, N.Y. native helped lead the Griffs to a MAAC Championship as a team captain in 2012, earning MAAC All-Tournament Team honors. Overall, Murphy appeared in all 14 games as a senior, ranking second on the team with 57 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers. During his four-year collegiate career, Murphy played in 36 games, collecting 73 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.
Murphy earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Canisius in 2012.