Colleen Murphy
Colleen  Murphy

Associate Head Coach

Oakland University (Mich.), 1997.


Colleen Murphy earns Judy Sweet Award

Murphy just completed her fourth season with the women's swimming team


Air Force Women's Swimming & Diving 2012-13 Outlook

Falcons open season Oct. 5, hosting New Mexico.


Colleen Murphy Named Assistant Women's Swimming Coach

Murphy comes to Academy from Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, Ariz.

Colleen Murphy enters her fifth season overall with the Air Force women's swimming program and her first as the associate head coach. In her four seasons as an assistant coach at the Academy, she has helped lift the Falcons to new heights.

A finalist for the College Swimming Rising Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015- 2016, Murphy earned the Judy Sweet Award at the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy in the summer of 2016. The Judy Sweet Award recognizes two members of each team at the conference whose spirit and dedication to their own and to others’ personal and professional success has made an impact on their peers.

In her first season, 2012-13, Air Force was 10-5 in dual meets, set 14 school records and posted 33 swims that cracked the top-10 list. The Falcons posted a 17-3 overall record in 2013-14. Air Force placed sixth at the MW Championships with 292 points. The team set 12 school records and had 29 swims that crack the all-time top 10. In 2014-15, the Falcons finished 7-8 overall and place sixth at the Mountain West Conference championships with 281 points. The team set seven new school records and posted 26 top 10 swims. In 2015-16, she coached Genevieve Miller who became the first Falcon to earn NCAA Division I All-America honors. Miller has won the MW title in the 500 free and 1650 free each of the last three seasons.  

Murphy came to the Academy from Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was the head coach. Murphy was also a three-time NCAA Div. II Coach of the Year during her tenure at Truman State.

During each of her five years at Xavier, Murphy led the Gators to state titles. In addition, Murphy has coached numerous All-American swimmers and relays at Xavier. Murphy also coached current Falcon women’s swimmer Elizabeth Keenan during her years at Xavier.

Prior to her tenure at Xavier, Murphy served as athletic director/history teacher at then-newly opened Chandler Prep Academy in Chandler, Ariz.

Murphy was the head men’s and women’s swimming coach/senior woman’s administrator/instructor in exercise science at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. From 2003-05, Murphy guided Truman State to NCAA Div. II NCAA Championships all three years there, earning NCAA Div. II Women’s Coach of the Year each of those years. Murphy is the first female coach to win an NCAA Swimming Championship. During her time at Truman State, Murphy had four swimmers earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. In 2005, she had a Walter Byers award winner in Truman State swimmer Sarah Dance. In 2011, she was inducted into the Truman State Hall of Fame as a coach,

Murphy has also served as assistant swimming coach at the University of Iowa from 2001-02 and at Truman State from 1999-2001.

Murphy also served as interim club coach at Phoenix Swim Club in 2010-11. She also has club coaching experience with Wildcat Aquatics from 1997-99. Murphy has worked numerous swim camps at the University of Texas, Penn State and Arizona State University.

Murphy was a five-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at Oakland University (Mich.). She was a member of the 1994 NCAA Div. II Championship team and was on the runner-up teams (to Air Force) in 1995 and 1996.

Murphy graduated from Oakland University, cum laude, with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in exercise science. She earned her master’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky and certificate in college counseling from the University of California-San Diego.

Murphy is married to Joe Fanthorp. They have two children, son Brady and daughter Makenna. Murphy’s father was a former sergeant and firefighter in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam.
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