U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – Colleen Murphy, first year head coach of the Air Force women’s swimming team, was named the ARMS Software Coach of the Month for August by the Alliance of Women’s Coaches. The award is given to a coach who, “has been successful on or off the field and exemplifies the characteristics of a strong female role model: resilient, innovative, passionate, authentic, selfless and inspiring.”
Murphy was named the Falcon’s head coach on May 30, 2017 by Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton. She was the team’s associate head coach in 2016-17 after serving as an assistant coach for her first four years with the Falcons.
Since Murphy’s arrival in 2012, the Falcons have broken every school record, had their highest ever finish in the Mountain West and their first ever Division I All-American in Genevieve Miller. Murphy is the first female swimming coach to ever win a national championship (Truman State) as a coach and is just a handful of swimming coaches in the country, male or female, to win a national championship as a swimmer (Oakland, Mich.) and as a coach (Truman State).