Alex Meyer, the most famous recent product of Tim Murphy’s Harvard program, has decided to continue his training in Boston, even after Murphy left to take the head coaching job Penn State this week.
Meyer has been training under Murphy for 7 years since coming to Harvard as a freshman in 2006. That includes the two traveling together to the 2012 London Olympics: Meyer as the lone American male representative, and Murphy as the men’s open water head coach. Meyer was named a volunteer assistant at Harvard last fall.
“Right now, I am planning on staying in Cambridge,” Meyer told us Tuesday evening. “I have a life here in Cambridge that I’m not ready to leave just yet – I have a girlfriend, a community, and the Harvard team that I care very much about. I have confidence in (new Harvard head coach) Kevin Tyrrell’s and Kyle Shack’s (Crimson Aquatics coach) ability as coaches, and they will easily be able to keep in touch with Tim for input on my training.”
Meyer won the 2010 World Open Water Championship in the 25km swim, is the 2011 and 2013 USA open water 10km champion. He was 42nd at the 2013 FINA Open Water World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in the 10km race, and 4th in the 25km, missing a medal by a tenth-of-a-second.