Chris Murphy was named the Director of Soccer Operations, which oversees both the men's and women's teams at CBC, on May 1, 2018. Murphy had served as an assistant coach for the men's team the prior two seasons.
2017 was one of the most successful years for CBC, as the Mustangs finished 9-11 and made it all the way to the American Midwest Conference championship game. Five players were selected to the AMC All-Conference teams and two Mustangs earned All-Academic team recognition.
2016 was Murphy's first year as an assistant and CBC finished the season 2-14. Murphy was responsible for coaching the goalkeepers and helped them post a shutout during the 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, 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.