James Downs, associate professor of history and American studies, will spend the 2015-16 academic year studying medical anthropology at Harvard University.
Murphy, a former professional soccer player, spent 16 years on Wall Street as a successful commodities broker before joining Brown's soccer program in 2003.
He says that he looks forward to working with Connecticut College student-athletes and competing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
"I respect and admire the academic commitment inherent among NESCAC colleges," Murphy said. "I am proud and excited to work with the student athletes at Connecticut College, where athletics and physical fitness are important components of their broader liberal arts education."
At Brown, Murphy's teams earned four NCAA Tournament Berths, capturing three Ivy League Championship Crowns along the way. Under the direction of Brown's head coach, Murphy coordinated recruiting efforts, played an active role in fundraising and assisted with academic counseling for a program that consistently ranks among the nation's top 10 percent for academics.
Fran Shields, Connecticut College's Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics and chair of physical education, says Murphy is a highly respected soccer professional who will bring a fresh perspective to the soccer program.
"We are confident his experience at Brown will help him attract talented student-athletes capable of succeeding on the NESCAC playing field and in the classroom," said Shields.
Forward Trevor Prophet, a Connecticut College rising junior who was named to the 2008 All-NESCAC team, anticipates an exciting future for Camel soccer under Murphy's leadership.
"After serving on the coaching search committee, I am 100 percent sure that Ken Murphy is the man for this job," Prophet said. "I have so much respect for what he has accomplished as a player and as an assistant coach at Brown."
Murphy replaces Bill Lessig, who won 269 games in his 38 seasons as the first head coach of the Camel program.
"Bill Lessig leaves a great soccer legacy at Connecticut College," Shields said. "Ken is the right man to carry that legacy forward."
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