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Mike Murphy was named the head coach of the Colgate men’s lacrosse program on July 20, 2011. And we have been very anxious to talk to him, he agreed, and delivered some awesome lacrosse practice drills.

In his first season as a head coach, Murphy led the 2012 team to a Patriot League Regular-Season Title en route to its best season in program history, which included a 6-0 road mark, a 6-2 record against nationally-ranked oponents, and a win over undefeated No. 1 UMass in the NCAA First Round. He had a record-breaking season with the Raiders, setting a program record with 14 wins from a 14-4 overall record, and leading Colgate to its second NCAA Tournament appearance, off its first at-large bid in school history. The Raiders also secured their first tournament win to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

Team records set during the season were the Colgate records for most points (365), goals (236), and assists (129) in a season as well as most wins for a team and a first-year head coach (14), and the highest national ranking in program history with the No. 8 spot in the final Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The team also broke Patriot League Tournament records for most team assists in a game (11), most two-game team points (45), total shots (84), man-up goals (6), and fastest back-to-back goals with five seconds in the championship game. Murphy was also selected as an assistant coach for the North Team in the USILA/Lax World Division I-II North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Murphy joined Army after spending two seasons at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he was in charge of the Big Red’s defensive unit and face-off personnel. He also served as an assistant on Denison’s football coaching staff and held a position in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation as an instructor.

Prior to his work at Denison, the University of New Hampshire graduate served as head assistant coach/defensive coordinator at Wingate University from 1999-2001. The Beverly, Mass., native helped the Bulldogs to their first NCAA Division III National Semifinal appearance in school history as the squad posted a 27-17 record in Murphy’s three seasons on its sideline, while 14 players garnered All-Deep South honors. His 2001 defensive unit finished the season ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense (12th), winning percentage (7th) and goals-against average (10th).

Murphy also enjoyed one-year stints at Pfeiffer University and Merrimack College after his graduation from New Hampshire in the spring of 1996, where he was a three-year letterman for the then-Division I Wildcats.

Coach Murphy at Colgate runs some awesome ‘One Day’ camps in the fall, for more information make sure you check out, www.gocolgateraiders.com, click lacrosse and then the Additional Links tab and then click Raider Days Clinics.

In the full podcast (Premium Members) Coach Murphy was awesome, we covered why his emphasis on relationships is such a huge part of his success, even with Assistant Coaches, he shared the importance of the implementation Calendar, the skeleton of his practice plans, the ‘Omaha’ lacrosse drill, the Mineola Drill (also in our article section) the Dragon Clearing Drill, the Omaha Drill, the Last Touch Drill as well as an interesting dialog on Man Up philosophies.

For all of the Free Members, in the ‘Podcast Sample’ below, you can hear Coach Murphy walk us through a unique twist on a full field drill, they refer to it as the ‘Omaha Drill’ we loved it and you will too. Check out the Article Section for more on the Omaha Drill.

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The full podcast with a ton of ideas and drills is available for our Premium Members…

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