ABOUT the evolution of STORM Lacrosse...
Sue Murphy grew up in Boyertown, PA winning state championships in lacrosse and excelling in field hockey, basketball and softball. Murphy played both field hockey & lacrosse at the DI University of Massachusetts where she became a 2x All-American lacrosse player, moving on to play USA Lacrosse post college.
Murphy was fortunate to start college coaching at Oberlin College, OH before stopping 3 years at Muhlenberg College, PA where she coached both field hockey & lacrosse and became passionate about college coaching!
In 1995, Murphy was hired at Boston U to start a new DI women's lacrosse program. Murphy hired Barb DiArcangelo who was at the time still playing USA as a goalkeeper, to help her catapault the program. Within 3 years, the program was Top 10 nationally and winning the America East Conference Championship. She coached in Boston for 7 years including starting a 6 year stint of coaching USA Lacrosse Developmental team (2000-2006). The staff that assisted Murphy with USA Devo included Mandy O'Leary (now U of Florida), Kirsten Kimel (now Duke University), Jenny Uhleha (now U of Michigan) and Sue Heether (former USA World Cup Head Coach, former owner of Sports Her Way).
During this timeframe, Murphy served on US Lacrosse Board of Governors (1998-2000) and US Lacrosse Board of Directors (1998-2003) while USWLA merged into US Lacrosse as we know it now. She also impacted US Trials, inner city lacrosse in Boston and served on many committees influencing growth of the game.
In 2001, Murphy left New England to direct the women's lacrosse program at the University of Richmond. For a team that hadn't won more than 5 games since 1958, the Spiders lost in the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2002. Within 3 years of arrival, Murphy helped UR gain Top 10 national status.
Over her college coaching stint, Murphy has helped many players reach their highest personal performances while producing many All Conference, All Americans, USA and World Cup players.