Chris Murphy was named the Director of Soccer Operations on May 1, 2018. In addition to coaching the women's team for a second season, he also will coach the men's team.
Two of Coach Murphy's players were recognized as AMC All-Conference performers as Sara Calzada and Danielle Hightower both earned AMC Honorable Mention honors for their on-field performance. Calzada led the conference in saves and, in doing so, set the new single-season record at CBC. Hightower also joined Kady Johnson as an All-Academic team performer during the season.
Prior to becoming the Director of Soccer Operations, Murphy spent the two seasons as the assistant coach for Taylor Carnahan and the CBC men’s soccer program. He helped the team to a 2-14 record in his first season as the assistant and helped them to a 9-10 record and a trip to the AMC finals this season.
Murphy’s collegiate coaching career began at his alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas, where he spent three seasons (2012-14) as the goalkeeper's coach for head coach Ross Duncan. He coached three different keepers to 50 save seasons for the Bears during his tenure.
Murphy also has extensive club coaching experience in Arkansas, coaching with the Arkansas United Club from 2010-14. He was the director of goalkeeping during his entire tenure while also coaching Under-12 boys and girls and Under-17 boys.
Murphy played goalkeeper for UCA for four seasons (missing one due to injury), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in general psychology in 2009. In 2007, he made eight starts, averaging 1.67 goals against while making 15 saves. The preceding season, 2006, was Murphy’s best season in goal. He played in 13 matches, making 10 starts and averaged 1.61 goals against, made 49 saves and had a record of 5-5 with four shutouts. His first season, 2005, He played in seven games, making four starts, allowing a 1.67 GAA, making first saves and garnering a record of 3-0-1.
Murphy acquired his master’s degree in Sports Psychology in 2014 from Kaplan University. Prior to coming to CBC, he served two years as a volunteer in the Philippines for the Peace Corps. He resides in Conway.