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Green Mountain College announces new Women’s Basketball Coach

POULTNEY - Green Mountain College Director of Athletics Keith Bosley has announced the hiring of Camille Murphy as the new women's basketball head coach. Murphy takes over as the ninth coach in the history of the Green Mountain women's basketball program after spending the previous three seasons on staff at Susquehanna University.

"Camille possesses the characteristics we look for, not only as an institution, but within our department," Bosley said. "She is a very driven person and someone who is very confident in her abilities. Her history as a successful player at the highest level combined with her incredible knowledge of the game is sure to bring energy and success to our women's basketball program."

Murphy had served as the assistant women's basketball coach at Susquehanna since 2010 helping lead the rebuilding Crusaders to a 25-50 overall and 12-30 Landmark Conference record. At Susquehanna, she had responsibilities for scouting, recruiting, and player development as well as fund raising and developing community relations programming.

Before Susquehanna, Murphy worked for one year at Morrisville State College assisting with player development, recruiting and scouting. She also became involved with a number of college basketball camps and training programs in Georgia and New York. Murphy spent time working the MVP School of Basketball Camp and developed a Basketball Player Development Program, both in Buford, Georgia and Syracuse, New York.

Murphy entered the coaching realm after a brief professional career from 2004-2008. During that time she played two years with the EA Sports Elite Basketball Team and had the opportunity to train and workout with the Seattle Storm, Atlanta Dream, and Washington Mystics of the WNBA.

As a collegiate player, Murphy played for four years at the University of Georgia under one of the nation's top ranked coaches in Andy Landers where she helped the Bulldogs to a 105-28 record during that time.  She was also an instrumental part of the 1999 team that made a run to the Final Four as well teams which made two Elite Eight appearances and captured two SEC Championships.  Murphy concluded her career with 483 points, 228 assists, 156 rebounds and 77 steals while graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Education.

Coach Landers remembered Murphy fondly saying, "Camille was one of the most dedicated players we had on our teams.  She was very skilled and versatile, but she always wanted to learn and get better to be the best she could be which made her a dream to coach."

Landers believes that Murphy is poised for a successful career as a head coach relating, "The strengths Camille brings into coaching mirror the ones she showed as a player.  She is very committed and passionate about the game and not only doing her best, but getting her team and individual players to do their best.  She demonstrates outstanding knowledge of basketball and a terrific understanding of the fundamentals of the game both offensively and defensively.  I think she will be a great motivator. She is by nature a very positive person and will be one for which players will enjoy playing and will do their best."

Back to her pre-college days, Murphy was a standout player for Corcoran High School in Syracuse, New York where she earned McDonald's All-American honorable mention as a high school senior as well as Central New York Player of the Year as a junior.  She had her high school jersey retired upon her entry to Corcoran's Hall of Fame in 2007.

Murphy is anxious to get her career started at Green Mountain and will first arrive on campus Monday, June 3.

"I am honored to be a part of the Green Mountain College coaching and administrative staff and the Poultney community as well," said Murphy. "I want to thank my family and friends for believing in me. I want to thank my mentors for guiding me and giving me the knowledge, skills, and freedom to pursue my goal of becoming a head basketball coach at the college level. This being my first collegiate head coaching position, I am excited and very eager to get started and bring back the fun and excitement in women's basketball and be a part of the positive vibes here at Green Mountain College."

Murphy's appointment marks the end of a two-month long national search which attracted over 120 candidates from various parts of the country and overseas.