After 21 seasons and five MIAA B Conference championships, Archbishop Curley head football coach Sean Murphy has announced his resignation from the East Baltimore school, as he is moving to North Carolina with his family.
Murphy’s wife Lynne, a college professor, accepted a tenured position at East Carolina University last summer, while Murphy remained in Maryland to coach and teach at Curley. He leaves the Friars with a career record of 127-84, making him not only the winningest coach in school history, but the winningest coach in the history of the MIAA B Conference. He also leaves among the top 15 winningest active coaches in Maryland.
“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work at Archbishop Curley for 21 years as a teacher and coach,” said Murphy, who came to Maryland, from Wakefield, NJ, in the early 80’s to play football at what was then known as Towson State University. “I met some wonderful people during my time at Curley. The kids are the best. They were easy to coach, always appreciative and very respectful. Our parents were extremely supportive as well and together with our players made for a positive experience.”
In the end Murphy said the long-term contract his wife was offered was too good for the two of them to pass up.
The Friars last title under Murphy came in 2014 when his team posted a perfect 10-0 record, including a win over St. Paul’s in the conference title game. From 2013-2015, the Friars made three consecutive appearances in the championship game, and Murphy was named VarsitySportsNetwork’s Co-Coach of the Year in 2014.
In April of 2014, Murphy briefly resigned from Curley after not being named the school’s athletic director when that position was open. Within a few days, however, he reached an accord with the school, gaining additional duties as a college counselor and assistant athletic director, as well as remaining the head football coach.
Later that year, Murphy had an even bigger battle as he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which he overcame. Following his treatment he became an advocate for early screening for the disease, even appearing in a documentary produced by VSN.
In 2015 he coached Team Maryland in the Big 33 All-Star Classic. In the past he also coached all-star teams in the Crab Bowl and BTC All-Star Classic, most recently coaching in the BTC game in December.
“I am most proud of building a successful program I believe before I started, Curley had only one winning season from 1979 -1999. When I first started our facility was not the best, there was not great interest in the program and we had around 50 players total in the program,” said Murphy. “To see our program and players grow and develop has been extremely rewarding. We now have 90 boys every year coming out for football. I have a staff with 16 coaches, a new turf field, we have played night games with an announcer and music, as well as senior day, team dinners, out of state games, etc… To see the program grow and become a factor in the football community was a vision I had when I first started and I am proud of where I will leave it.”
Murphy said he hopes to continue coaching in North Carolina and has already interviewed for one head coaching position.
“I plan to stay in coaching in some capacity regardless. I am also looking into pursuing some options at East Carolina University in compliance, athletic administration or admissions, said Murphy, who began his coaching career as an assistant at Calvert Hall before spending several seasons on the college level at McDaniel College and Towson University. “I definitely plan on playing some golf, watching lots of college football and look forward to enjoying the warm weather. I am pretty flexible and not committed to anything. I might retire and have fun.”
As a player, Murphy was a two-time All-American at Towson and helped the school reach the NCAA Division II playoffs twice. He finished his career as the Tigers’ all-time leader with 154 receptions, 2,524 yards and 23 touchdown receptions. He was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.
“I may not be a Curley graduate, but I will always see myself as a Curley Man,” added Murphy. “I will be proud to tell all that I worked with some of the finest young men for 21 years at Archbishop Curley in East Baltimore. Go Friars.”