Sean Murphy said he is “absolutely thrilled” to be returning to his home state.
Murphy has been named the associate head football coach and assistant director of athletics at Husson University.
The Eliot native and Marshwood High School graduate will handle a variety of chores at the Bangor-based institution.
He will also be the defensive coordinator for the football team and the recruiting coordinator and will work with football assistant Shawn Demaray as a strength and conditioning coach for all the athletic teams.
He will also have administrative responsibilities.
Murphy comes to Husson from the Bullis School, a private school for grades 3-12 in Maryland, where he was the head football coach. He guided them to a pair of 2-8 seasons after the school had gone 23 months without a win.
He has also been a football assistant at Dickinson College (Pa.), Plymouth State (N.H.) and Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
He was also the strength and conditioning coordinator at Dickinson.
Murphy played football at Plymouth State.
“I see this as a tremendous opportunity, especially with the football program,” said Murphy. “There is so much energy and enthusiasm about what is going on. I can’t wait to get on board.
“Being from Maine, this is a great opportunity for me and my family to get closer to home,” said Murphy who has three children with wife Amie.
He feels that Husson and Bangor both provide a community atmosphere and Husson supplies local athletes with a “great option” to continue their football careers at a competitive Division III program.
He has been impressed with head coach Niles Nelson and feels “we’ll work very well together.”
The feeling is mutual.
“He’ll bring some good experience, maturity and a willingness to work to Husson. He’ll be a good addition to our staff,” said Nelson. “He’s pretty knowledgeable.”
Murphy will replace Duncan Averill as the defensive coordinator and Nelson as the recruiting coordinator. Nelson will be the offensive coordinator. Demaray (offensive line), Tom Whitney (receivers), Greg Marter (defensive line) and Shane Rogers (defense) are the other members of the staff and Nelson said Joe Doyle will be a volunteer coach who will work with the special teams.
Nelson is 72 and Murphy could be being groomed to replace him when he retires.
“There’s certainly that potential but we’ll see about that when the time comes. I’m just thrilled to be here [in my current capacity,” said Murphy.
Nelson said he intends to keep coaching as long as he enjoys it but admitted that it makes sense for Husson administrators to feel “I’ve got just a couple more years to go” and to prepare for his retirement by hiring someone like Murphy to potentially take his place.
King escapes serious injury
Thomas College baseball coach Greg King considers himself a lucky man these days although he is nursing a sore back.
He was on a recruiting trip eight days ago when his pick-up truck hit a moose.
King was returning to Waterville after watching the Presque Isle-Camden Hills Eastern Maine Class B baseball quarterfinal in Presque Isle when the accident occurred.
“I was on mile 255 but I never made it to mile 254,” said King. “I was looking at a moose on one side of the road and when I turned to look straight ahead there was another one in the middle of the road [that I hit].”
He said his pick-up truck sustained $6700 worth of damage on the right side and the moose was killed.