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Michael Murphy

Inducted: 1974, coach

Born: February 28, 1861 - Worcester County, Massachusetts
Deceased: June 5, 1913

Career Highlights

  • As coach of the NYAC, Murphy produced 10 National AAU team titles.

A three-time Olympic coach, Michael Murphy was one of the world's top track coaches at the turn of this century. His fame first came at Yale University before he moved to the University of Pennsylvania as head coach. His Yale and Penn teams won 15 IC4A titles and as coach of the New York A.C. he produced 10 National AAU team titles. He was unofficial U.S. head coach at the 1900 Olympic Games, also coaching the 1908 and 1912 Olympic teams. While at Yale, he was credited with helping to develop the crouch start for sprinters and was regarded as one of the foremost coaching innovators of his era. A coach for 26 years until his death, he was the father of George Murphy, who later became a movie actor and U.S. Senator.


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