Cara Murphy was named the assistant coach for the rowing program and second-year head coach, Seth Hussey at the start of the 2018-19 season. Murphy is a former four-year standout and captain for Mount Holyoke rowing.
Murphy returns to Mount Holyoke after serving as the head novice coach at Division I Colgate University since 2016. During her tenure with the Raiders, she was responsible for on-campus recruiting, developing and implementing training plans, while also overseeing the transition of novices into life as a Division 1 student-athlete. Among her successes included seven medal-winning finishes by her novice crews, including winning the 2017 Kerr Cup Novice 8 race.
In addition, Murphy has also served as the head of sculling at Hosmer Point Camp since 2015. Among her responsibilities in that role included developing curricula for sculling programs for youths ages 9-16, whose abilities ranged from novice to competitive racing.
Prior to Colgate, Murphy served as the assistant coach at nearby Smith College, where she aided the head coach with lineups, travel arrangements and fundraising. She also coached the team’s third and fourth varsity boats, while performing a majority of rigging and maintenance on various rowing equipment.
During her Mount Holyoke career, Murphy was a three-year NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. She was an All-Conference honoree as a junior. Additionally, Murphy was a Seven Sisters Scholar-Athlete, named to multiple ECAC/NIRC All-Academic Teams, as well as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. She also served as the team manager for the Lyons swimming and diving team for two seasons.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Murphy graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in from Mount Holyoke in 2014. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Studies from Smith College in 2016.