Richmond Kickers News Release - www.richmondkickers.com
Thursday, October 16, 2008
RICHMOND, VA -- The Richmond Kickers are pleased to announce goalkeeper Mark Murphy has agreed to a multi-year contract beginning with the 2009 season, pending USL and USSF approval. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“It’s great to have Mark back with the Kickers,” comments Richmond Kickers Head Coach Leigh Cowlishaw. “He has improved immensely over the last two seasons and we now feel he can be a regular starter for the team. We are also extremely happy that he has committed long term not only to the Kickers but to the Richmond community and will be an important asset on and off for the Kickers organization.”
In his second season as back-up goalkeeper with the Kickers, Murphy made six appearances, starting four in goal. He posted his first professional win on June 29th in the Kickers 3-1 road victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The native of Clinton, Maryland earned his first professional clean sheet during a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace Baltimore on August 9th, making four saves on the night to bring his goalkeeper record to 4-0-0.
Following the 2008 campaign, Murphy accepted a position as the goalkeeper coach at University of Richmond. Additionally, he acts as the Goalkeeping Director with the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club and is charged with conducting all goalkeeper training at the ADSL, Classic, Elite and Academy levels. He is committed to attending VCCL and US Soccer Academy home games to assist with warm-up while observing and evaluating the goalkeepers in order to provide feedback to the Technical Director.
Starting 54 games at Mount St. Mary’s University over four seasons, the 6’1” goalkeeper tallied 83 saves and recorded a 1.36 goals against average his senior season. Named to the All-Northeast Conference second team, he finished his career ranking in the Top-5 in saves, minutes played and shutouts on the program’s all-time lists. Murphy also has Premier Development League (PDL) experience, defending the nets for the Chesapeake Athletic Dragons (2003-2004), Reading Rage (2005) and Thunder Bay Chill (2006).