Former Harvard head coach Tim Murphy has been named as the new head coach at Penn State, taking over the combined men’s and women’s programs from John Hargis, who left to be the associate head coach at his alma mater Auburn.
Murphy had been the head coach of the Harvard men for the last 15 years, including coaching Olympic open water swimmer Alex Meyer. Murphy was named the head coach of the 2012 United States men’s open water team for the Olympics.
Before going to Harvard, Murphy was the head coach of the Wilton YMCA Wahoos for 13 years as they won 7 YMCA National Championships.
The Penn State men and women, while seemingly loaded with talent, have come up a bit short of expectations the last few years. The men were 8th at Big Tens in 2013, while the women were 3rd.
The women’s team placed 29th at NCAA’s, and will return sophomore Alyson Ackman, who was the Big Ten Champion in the 200 free last year as a freshman. The men’s program returns most of their 20th-place team from NCAA’s, including All-Americans Nate Savoy and Sean Grier, and will hope to regain the services of Shane Ryan, who had to sit out during championship season last year.