Peter Murphy will take the reins of the Tommies women's hockey program full-time beginning August 1, 2017.
Murphy has led the program for the last 16 years in a part-time role with ample success, including two National Championship appearances, a second-place finish in the Atlantic University Sport conference in 2016, a program-best #2 ranking in the U SPORTS top ten, and numerous athletes recognized as all-conference players.
"It's nice for the university to reward all the work that has been put into the women's hockey program. Many past players, coaches, and trainers have contributed to this appointment which will allow the team to thrive," Murphy said.
Although many credit Murphy with spearheading the program, he said it wouldn't have been possible without the initial support of Dr. Dan O'Brien and the Athletics Department, and that has continued through to President Russell.
"They gave us the support initially. That was key," he said. "I feel blessed to be given this opportunity and will do my best to move the program forward in my new full-time role."
St. Thomas University Athletic Director Michael Eagles said as AUS women's hockey continues to improve and gain strength at the national-level, having a full-time coach is an important step in continuing the Tommies' success.
"I'm very pleased the university has taken the step to bring Peter on full-time. He's done a tremendous job and has put in an incredible amount of time and effort into building a national calibre program."
As the full-time women's hockey coach, Murphy will be able to devote more time to recruitment, fundraising, and revenue-generating opportunities for the program.
During the off-season, he will do business analyst work with the Information Technology Services team—an area in which he has over 20 years of experience.