Ed Murphy ’74, Kevin Murphy ’77 To Be Honored By Sportsmen of Westport

Ed Murphy ’74 and Kevin Murphy ’77 follow their brothers as Sportsmen of Westport honorees.

The former Staples, college and Bridge Grille stars will be honored on Tuesday, May 25 at Continental Manor in Norwalk.  Dennis Murphy ’73 and Kenny Murphy ’76 were cited by the Sportsmen at last year’s Dinner of Champions.

Clockwise from upper left: Kevin, Ed, Kenny and Dennis Murphy.

In 7 years at Staples, the Murphys were part of 6 FCIAC championship teams and 4 state champs.  Between them they won 10 FCIAC crowns and 6 state titles.

The only time they played together, though, was on the legendary U-23 Bridge Grille squad.

As a senior, Ed was named Staples’ 1st-ever National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American.  He also played hockey for Staples.

He played college soccer for Joe Morrone at the University of Connecticut, helping the Huskies to 3 New England championships and 2 NCAA Elite 8 appearances.

After college, Ed served as an assistant coach to Jeff Lea on Staples’ 1978 state championship squad.

He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife Carol.  He has worked in sales and sales management for 30 years, the last 10 for Pennwell Publishing.

Kevin — the youngest of the 4 Murphy brothers — anchored  the Wrecker defense for 3 years.  He earned All-New England honors as a senior, and was a 2-time All-State pick.  Like Ed, Kevin also played varsity ice  hockey for Staples.

Kevin was a 4-year sweeper at the University of Rhode Island — and a 4-time All-New England choice.  As a senior he was named to the All-America 1st team.  In 1996 he was inducted into the URI Soccer Hall of Fame.

Kevin played professional soccer with the North American Soccer League’s Detroit Express.  After retiring, he coached for 12 years with the Wilton travel program.  He also coached Ridgefield travel hockey for 9 years, and Connecticut Yankees Triple-A hockey for 8.

Kevin and  his wife Janet live in Wilton.  A former commodities trader on Wall Street, he now owns Kevin Murphy Commodities.  His sons John and Brian are both golfers at the University of California at Berkeley.

(Other honorees include Staples basketball star Carolyn Center, who is the brother of soccer player Dave Center ’87; former Staples athletic director Mary Martinik, and Mark Skinner, Bob Wickey, Kevin Lippert, Sam Freedman and Neil Harding. Tickets are $45.  Checks made payable to “Sportsmen of Westport” can be sent to:  Karen DeFelice, c/o Staples High School, Westport, CT 06880.  For more information, email:  kmdef@optonline.net)

One response to “Ed Murphy ’74, Kevin Murphy ’77 To Be Honored By Sportsmen of Westport

  1. Immersion into the Westport Soccer community meant an awareness of its tradition and its lore. The Bridge Grille, The Murphy Clan… some of the notions that make a player feel as if he is briefly a steward of that tradition.

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