John MurphyHead Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-2034
John Murphy was named Trojan head men’s soccer coach on July 11, 2012.
After getting off to a slow start in his first season at Anderson, Murphy brought the Trojans back to life, finishing the last four matches of the season with a 3-0-1 record and AU’s third-consecutive South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship. Murphy guided three players to conference postseason awards, as Shu Ogawa earned first team all-SAC, while Lukas Hesse and Lars Zimmerman each garnered second team spots.
Ogawa went on to earn all-district and joined Hesse on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II All-Southeast Region Team. Zimmerman also got recognized during the postseason, being named to the Daktronics Southeast All-Region Second Team.
“I am extremely pleased that Anderson University has attracted a candidate of John Murphy's caliber.” said Director of Athletics Nancy Simpson. “He brings to us a breadth of experience at a variety of levels and is also a great mission fit for the university. I look forward to the future success of the program under John's leadership and welcome him to Trojan Athletics.”
A native of Quincy, Mass. Murphy has more than 20 years of experience as a player and coach, with nearly a decade of Major League Soccer coaching experience and nine seasons at the collegiate level as well. In 2009, he became the first American citizen to work in British professional soccer as a coach when he was hired by Livingston of the Scottish First Division.
At the collegiate level, Murphy, who spent two seasons on the sidelines (2010 and 2011) with the Clemson Tigers, was recognized twice as the NSCAA New England Coach of the Year (1994 and 1999), served as the head coach at Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.) and Massasoit Community College (Brockton, Mass.), and was an assistant coach at Brown University. He won championships at each institution and was nominated for NSCAA Coach of the Year honors twice (1994 and 2000).
Murphy helped guide his teams to eight conference championships, while leading a pair of players to league Freshman of the Year honors. His Massasoit Community College squad won the 1994 NJCAA National Academic Male Team award for highest team GPA and Assumption College earned the 2000 ECAC Division II Championship.
As an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Clemson, Murphy helped assemble a 13-player recruting class that ranked 17th in the country in 2011 and an eight-player group that ranked 19th best class in 2012, according to College Soccer News.
Murphy helped guide the Tigers to an 8-8-2 overall record in 2011, including a 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference record, before Clemson fell in overtime to Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Murphy played an important role in the success of three MLS franchises and was on the staff of New England Revolution head coach Steve Nicol and Columbus Crew coach Greg Andrulis, both of whom earned MLS Coach of the Year Accolades, while Murphy was an assistant. Player identification and development has always been at the heart of his work. In both New England and Colorado, Murphy was tasked with initiating and developing comprehensive youth academy programs in 2001 and 2005, respectively. His eyes for talent and knowledge of college and youth soccer systems allowed him to help secure MLS All-Stars such ad Taylor Twellman, Clint Dempsey, Sharlrie Josephy and Nick Labrocca through the MLS Super Draft year after year.
He served as both an assistant coach and Director of Player Development with the Colorado Rapids over a four-year span, while also coaching the reserve team to an MLS Reserve League Championship in 2007.
During the 2004 season with Columbus, Murphy played an important role in the team's turnaround as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach. During his time with the Crew, the team set an MLS record with an 18-game unbeaten streak after overcoming a winless streak at the start of the season to finish with its first-ever Eastern Conference regular-season title.
Prior to joining the Crew, Murphy worked four years with the New England Revolution as an assistant coach and goalkeeper coach, helping them to the 2001 US Open Cup Final and the 2002 MLS Cup Final.
Murphy is the author of two books on soccer, published an instructional DVD set through Championship Productions earlier this year, and as a staff member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America is a nationally recognized clinician. He is one of a handful of coaches worldwide to hold both a UEFA Pro Badge and the LMA (League Manager's Association) Certificate of Applied Management from Warwick University in Coventry, England. As an NSCAA National Staff Coach and Region III ODP Staff Coach, Murphy is a nationally recognized clincian.
Michael ZionAssistant Coach
Office Phone: (864) 231-2034
Michael Zion is set to begin his third season as an assistant coach with the Trojans after joining the staff prior to the 2010 campaign.
"Mike is one of the top young coaches in the southeast and has made a significant contribution to the AU program as both a player and now as a coach," Head Coach John Murphy said. "He has a great mind for the game and an excellent recruiter. I am quite confiedent that he has a bright future in the game."
Zion, a four-year letterwinner and two-time team captain from 2003-06, scored nearly two dozen goals, recorded 21 assists and notched four game-winning scores during his tenure at AU. The native of Spartanburg, S.C., helped transform a Trojan squad that claimed just three wins in his rookie season into a perennial contender for conference titles. Anderson won a combined 27 matches over his final three campaigns, and battled top-seeded Queens to a draw in the opening round of the 2006 CVAC Tournament Championship.
Following his collegiate career, Zion played for the Palm Beach Pumas in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), Performance FC in the Premier Arena Soccer League and Performance FC Phoenix in Greenville, S.C., in 2008. He also spent a season with the London, England Kickers in the FA Futsal League.
Zion received his bachelor’ degree in kinesiology from Anderson following his collegiate career.