The 2017-18 season will be Ben Murphy's 9th as an assistant coach at Bentley University. A four-year player at the University of Maine who played in two NCAA Championship games, Murphy's recruiting efforts and eye for talent has helped lead to Bentley’s sustained success and set the program up for a bright future.
Murphy came to Bentley after spending the 2008-09 season as a graduate assistant coach at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. While on the Spartans’ coaching staff, Murphy helped Castleton State to a 15-9-2 record overall and an 11-6-2 record in the ECAC Division III East conference, which was good for second place and the best regular season finish in school history.
While at Castleton State, Murphy was responsible for coaching the defense and the power play units. He also worked with the team’s goaltenders, coordinated scouting reports and video on upcoming opponents, helped with recruiting and was responsible for all video breakdown of game film among other duties.
Prior to his time at Castleton State, Murphy was an assistant coach with the Wichita Thunder of the professional Central Hockey League for the 2006-07 season. His duties included coaching the defense, coordinating the team’s penalty kill and in-game adjustments, creating scouting reports for upcoming games and analyzing video for recruitment and player evaluations. Murphy played for the Thunder during the 2005-06 season, appearing in 55 games.
Murphy played collegiately at Maine, helping the Black Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four years, and to the NCAA Championship game in 2002 and 2004. As a junior in 2004, he scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime of the Hockey East Championship game against the University of Massachusetts. Murphy played in 141 games over four years and registered 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points. He was awarded the Howard Griffin Unsung Hero Award as a junior.
Murphy attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. As a senior at Cushing, he was named first team All-New England and the Hockey Night in Boston Player of the Year. He graduated from Maine in 2005 with bachelor’s degree in political science. Murphy resides in Woburn.