Patrick Murphy returns for his eighth season as the head coach of the Hawks after being named to the position on February 29, 2008.
Murphy produced his best season at Saint Anselm in 2014 and was named the Northeast-10's Co-Coach of the Year for his efforts. Murphy guided the Hawks to a 6-5 record, produced the first winning season in 14 years and matched the program record for wins from that same 2000 campaign.
D2Football.com also named Murphy its Coach of the Year, selected the Hawks as Team of the Year and chose their 37-34 heartstopping win at New Haven on Nov. 8 as the Game of the Year.
Murphy coached seven players to All-Conference honors as the Hawks set a new season record for total offense (4,746), tied the second best rushing mark (1,324) and came up just two yards shy of setting a new passing yard record (3,429).
One of those seven All-Conference players - senior WR Justin Bernard - wrapped up his career under Murphy's tutelage as the greatest receiver in program history. Bernard, who owns single-game, single season and career school records in catches, receiving yards and touchdown grabs, reeled in his 326th career catch in a 55-24 win at Merrimack on Oct. 4 to become the NCAA Division II all-time leader in receptions. He finished his career with 386 catches and 4,169 yards, which ranked him first and third, respectively, among active Division II players.
In 2013, the Hawks set new single-season marks for total touchdowns (45) completions/catches (330), passing/receiving yards (3,431), total offense (4,471) and all-purpose yards (6,237), despite having a freshman take over at quarterback midway through the season. Senior RB Keith Charles and Bernard were both named Northeast-10 First Teamers, while freshman QB Yianni Gavalas was recognized as a Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team member.
The Hawks' offense maintained its explosiveness in 2012, despite the fact that it had graduated one of the top players to ever come through the program and was being run by a new quarterback. The offense set nearly every major passing program recording, including passing yards, touchdowns, passing efficiency and completion percentage, as well as total offense. The Hawks also set school records for points (52), total offense (774) and passing offense (612) in a 52-45 victory at Seton Hill on Nov. 3.
In 2011, the offense continued to flourish as senior WR Marc Wilson capped his stellar career with a fitting campaign. Wilson was one of two Northeast-10 First Teamers and one of four overall to earn All-Conference recognition. Wilson, who left the Hilltop with nearly every major offensive record, signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals on April 28, 2012.
The Hawks took a big step forward in 2010, which included a 35-26 upset win at New Haven on Nov. 6 that ended the Chargers bid for the outright Northeast-10 title. Murphy's Hawks sported the second-highest passing offense in the conference and seven individuals were named to the All-Conference squad.
In 2009, the Hawks had one of the most potent offensive attacks in the Northeast-10 and the nation. The Hawks set nearly every major offensive record in the program's history, led by sophomore All-Conference wide receiver Marc Wilson and All-Rookie quarterback Michael Pierce.
In his first season, Murphy directed the Hawks to road victories at Merrimack and Pace. His team led the Northeast-10 in rushing, led by Northeast-10 Freshman of the Year Marc Wilson. The Hawks' rushing attack ranked among the national leaders throughout the season, putting up over 2,200 rushing yards for the season.
Murphy brings experience at nearly every level of football to the Hilltop, including as a former assistant coach at Harvard University and most recently as the head coach at Dracut (Mass.) High School. As the head coach at Dracut, Murphy directed the Middies to the school's first league championship in nearly 20 years and in 2005 was honored as the Lowell Sun Coach of the Year.
During his time as the defensive ends coach at Harvard University, Murphy aided in the development of the defensive playbook, assisted with coaching of all special teams and coached All-Ivy League defensive end Brad Payne. He also assisted with recruiting for the Crimson throughout the West Coast and the Southeast.
Murphy also coached for six years at the Division 2 level, including as associate head coach at UMass Lowell and as the outside linebackers coach at Bryant University. While at UMass Lowell, Murphy began as the secondary coach, as well as the special teams and recruiting coordinator. He was quickly promoted though and served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator from 1999-2001.
A 1996 graduate of Northeastern University, Murphy played football for the Huskies and was a fullback, tight end and linebacker. Murphy graduated with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.
Murphy resides in Shirley, Mass., with his wife, Lisa, and their three daughters, Tyler, Riley and Ava.