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neil murphy - head shot (1)This is a press release from the Sandwich Public Schools:

Dr. Richard Canfield, Sandwich Superintendent of Schools, announced the appointment of Neil F. Murphy, to serve as the new Athletic Administrator for the Sandwich Public Schools.

Neil Murphy, has 16-years of experience at Harvard University. Currently he serves as the Assistant Director for the Harvard Varsity Club, a position that he has held for the past five years. In this capacity he works with alumni and university staff on creative and effective fundraising, management of numerous programs, activities and events, and cultivation of support for the university’s 41 varsity athletic programs.

Prior to this position he served as Harvard’s Assistant Director of Athletics, with a shared goal of maximizing team success and improving the overall student-athlete experience. This included a process for goal setting and performance review discussions with head coaches. Other responsibilities included annual budget development, and the strategic development of interscholastic contest schedules while working within the department’s academic, financial and philosophical parameters.

Mr. Murphy’s other work at Harvard was as their manager of Athletic events. In this capacity he oversaw the contest management of varsity intercollegiate events, including the hiring and training of scorers, announcers, security, and the management of all other logistical components for sporting events. He also oversaw the university’s process for identifying and managing maintenance and facility improvement projects.

Mr. Murphy earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education & movement science from Westfield State University. He attained a masters degree in physical education and athletics administration from Springfield College. That program culminated in an internship in athletic operations at Harvard University. While pursuing his masters at Springfield he served as a graduate teaching assistant and was an associate coach for baseball. While at Westfield he was a 4-year varsity letter winner in baseball and captained the team for 2-years. His love of baseball led him to coach within Massachusetts high schools, including Abington, Mansfield and most recently he volunteered as an assistant varsity baseball coach at his hometown high school in Scituate. It is his love of high school athletics and the opportunity to apply his expertise in educating through athletics that led to his desire to seek a position in high school athletics administration. His primary objective is to lead a program that is competitive, educational, safe and enjoyable for all students.

In speaking of his Harvard experience, Mr. Murphy cites their commitment to fostering an environment that celebrates excellence, not only of winning games, but of accomplishing personal and team goals while developing and refining skills. This is experience that he will apply to Sandwich High School. The search committee recognized the importance of the core values expressed through Blue Knight Pride, and embraced by the athletic program. Mr. Murphy is described by those who work with him as a trusted relationship builder, astute listener, and clear communicator. Colleagues went on to describe him as having a balanced approach and friendly demeanor; a person of integrity and strong professional knowledge, work ethic, and leadership ability.

The Executive Director of the Harvard Varsity Club, spoke of his strong communication skills, and his skill in creating many of their most successful publications. He also, described Mr. Murphy as thoughtful and able to see and bring out the best in those around him. Others in the athletic department describe him as having exemplary operational effectiveness, with a genuine and clear commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience. He indicated that Mr. Murphy takes the time to get to know the coaches, students, and staff as individuals, to better understand their motivations and needs, and then works cooperatively to support their pursuit of excellence. He is described as managing responsibilities with a systematic approach and keen attention to detail, simply stated, an extremely organized professional. His knowledge of NCAA requirements, and the processes involved in helping high school student-athletes seek appropriate and realistic opportunities in post high school athletics is a program enhancement for Sandwich High School.

In speaking of the process, Dr. Canfield indicated that 70 applications were received, including 4 from internal candidates. A search committee that included parents, student-athletes, coaches, administration and staff representatives interviewed 9 candidates over two days.

Neil Murphy will have the opportunity to visit SHS and prepare for the start of his position that is effective July 1, 2013.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Shawn Oster says:

    Not sure I understand this hire. A who has little to no experience working with high school or middle school age students. College and high school athletics are completely different animals. Probably a nice guy, but working at Harvard is not the same as being a Harvard graduate. Odd choice.

  2. R. Brown says:

    Cosgrove, Cosgrove, Cosgrove !

  3. Tom Mahoney says:

    Another great decision by Dr Canfield. Where was this guy 8 years ago? This is another example of all the things Canfield is doing to get our schools back to being the best public schools on Cape Cod. Our athletic programs are just as important as our academic programs in creating an environment where students want to attend the Sandwich school system.

  4. Philip Milburn says:

    Congratulations to the Sandwhich Public School system and to the families who will benefit from these credentials and caliber of expertise and management style. With 14 years internatonal sports management/marketing experience, I see important skills in Neil’s background that will be of great value to deserving students and faculty.

  5. Nanette Perkins says:

    Wow! What an impressive background.

    • K. Siranosian says:

      Agreed. As one of my friends said, Harvard is a place that truly advocates for the well-rounded student athlete. Looking forward to how that will translate here.


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