POULTNEY - Green Mountain College Director of Athletics Keith
Bosley has announced the hiring of Camille Murphy as the new
women's basketball head coach. Murphy takes over as the ninth
coach in the history of the Green Mountain women's basketball
program after spending the previous three seasons on staff at
"Camille possesses the characteristics we look for, not only as
an institution, but within our department," Bosley said. "She is a
very driven person and someone who is very confident in her
abilities. Her history as a successful player at the highest
level combined with her incredible knowledge of the game is sure to
bring energy and success to our women's basketball program."
Murphy had served as the assistant women's basketball coach at
Susquehanna since 2010 helping lead the rebuilding Crusaders to a
25-50 overall and 12-30 Landmark Conference record. At Susquehanna,
she had responsibilities for scouting, recruiting, and player
development as well as fund raising and developing community
Before Susquehanna, Murphy worked for one year at Morrisville
State College assisting with player development, recruiting and
scouting. She also became involved with a number of college
basketball camps and training programs in Georgia and New
York. Murphy spent time working the MVP School of
Basketball Camp and developed a Basketball Player Development
Program, both in Buford, Georgia and Syracuse, New York.
Murphy entered the coaching realm after a brief professional
career from 2004-2008. During that time she played two years
with the EA Sports Elite Basketball Team and had the opportunity to
train and workout with the Seattle Storm, Atlanta Dream, and
Washington Mystics of the WNBA.
As a collegiate player, Murphy played for four years at the
University of Georgia under one of the nation's top ranked coaches
in Andy Landers where she helped the Bulldogs to a 105-28 record
during that time. She was also an instrumental part of the
1999 team that made a run to the Final Four as well teams which
made two Elite Eight appearances and captured two SEC
Championships. Murphy concluded her career with 483 points,
228 assists, 156 rebounds and 77 steals while graduating Cum Laude
with a degree in Education.
Coach Landers remembered Murphy fondly saying, "Camille was one
of the most dedicated players we had on our teams. She was
very skilled and versatile, but she always wanted to learn and get
better to be the best she could be which made her a dream to
Landers believes that Murphy is poised for a successful career
as a head coach relating, "The strengths Camille brings into
coaching mirror the ones she showed as a player. She is very
committed and passionate about the game and not only doing her
best, but getting her team and individual players to do their
best. She demonstrates outstanding knowledge of basketball
and a terrific understanding of the fundamentals of the game both
offensively and defensively. I think she will be a great
motivator. She is by nature a very positive person and will be one
for which players will enjoy playing and will do their best."
Back to her pre-college days, Murphy was a standout player for
Corcoran High School in Syracuse, New York where she earned
McDonald's All-American honorable mention as a high school senior
as well as Central New York Player of the Year as a junior.
She had her high school jersey retired upon her entry to Corcoran's
Hall of Fame in 2007.
Murphy is anxious to get her career started at Green Mountain
and will first arrive on campus Monday, June 3.
"I am honored to be a part of the Green Mountain College
coaching and administrative staff and the Poultney community as
well," said Murphy. "I want to thank my family and friends for
believing in me. I want to thank my mentors for guiding me and
giving me the knowledge, skills, and freedom to pursue my goal of
becoming a head basketball coach at the college level. This being
my first collegiate head coaching position, I am excited and very
eager to get started and bring back the fun and excitement in
women's basketball and be a part of the positive vibes here at
Green Mountain College."
Murphy's appointment marks the end of a two-month long national
search which attracted over 120 candidates from various parts of
the country and overseas.