May 9, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Colleen Murphy has been named Air Force women's swimming coach, announced today by head coach Casey Converse. Murphy comes 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.
Murphy has also served as assistant swimming coach at the University of Iowa from 2001-02 and at Truman State from 1999-2001.
Most recently, 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.
Murphy replaces former assistant coach Carrie Renter, who has decided to pursue other opportunities.