Margaret Degidio Murphy is the head coach of the Brown Bears women's ice hockey program. She became the winningest coach in Division I women's ice hockey history during her 18th season at Brown (2006–2007).[1] Murphy has had records of .500 or better in 14 of her seasons as head coach at Brown.[2]

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Consulting with a player as head coach of Brown Bears women's ice hockey in 2002.

In 2004, Murphy was inducted in the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame. Prior to coaching at Brown, she was a student athlete at Cornell University. The women's hockey Most Valuable Player Award at Cornell is named after her.

Year by year recordEdit

Year Wins Losses Ties Postseason
2008-09 7211
2007-08 5195


During the 2006-07 season, a 3-1 victory over Boston University made Murphy the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history. With the victory, she passed former Providence and Yale coach John Marchetti.[4] In the same season, the Bears beat Union, 6-0 for the 300th win of her career. On July 13, 2011, was relieved of her duties as head coach of the Brown Bears.[5]

Cornell UniversityEdit

As a student athlete at Cornell, Murphy had several accomplishments. She was a four-year letter winner for the Cornell Big Red women's ice hockey team and was the Big Red team captain as a junior and a senior. In 1981, she was named Ivy League Player of the Year and finished her career with 123 goals and 90 assists. She was enshrined in the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994


In August 2011, Murphy was named Head Coach and General Manager of the Boston Blades in the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

USA HockeyEdit

On numerous occasions, Murphy has been involved with USA Hockey. She coached the U.S. National team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival in 2004. She was an assistant at the 1996 Three Nations Tournament. In addition, she was a member of the 1998 Olympic Selection Committee.

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 1997 ECAC/KOHO and the New England Hockey Writers' Coach of the Year awards


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