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) and Sue Heether (former USA World Cup Head Coach, 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.
Premier Lacrosse was formed to help the central Virginia area youth gain more year round exposure to recruiting tournaments, educate the players & families about the recruiting process and allow college coaches & players to train middle school and high school student-athletes. Premier offered camps, clinics and travel teams for girls lacrosse (Pumas) and field hockey (Flyers).
The Premier Lacrosse business rolled into SportsQuest (2010) when Murphy led the start-up of the large scale athletic facility in Richmond, VA. Murphy’s roles included Executive Director of Field Hockey & Lacrosse, VP of Facilities, Director of Professional Sports and President of Events. Murphy worked closely to contract and bring to Richmond the IWLCA Capital Cup (Corrigan Sports event) and USAFH Club Championship. During her tenure with SportsQuest, Murphy built a strong 400+ player Fall lacrosse league, 550+ player Winter Indoor lacrosse league along with shaping travel teams, camps, clinics in the sports of lacrosse and field hockey.
In August, 2011 New World Sports was launched under Murphy’s guidance. With a fantastic vision herself, Murphy rallied a fine group of business consultants to be sure to address the needs of the market for lacrosse & field hockey. The business units consist of (1) camps, clinics and training (2) travel teams for lacrosse (3) tournaments and (4) a recruiting service. Each unit is given tremendous support and attention from an Advisory Board and sponsorships that enhance the overall mission and delivery of the product and service.
STORM Lacrosse was given the utmost attention to detail with an infrastructure of coaches and administrators coupled with a business plan that could and soon prove to handle numerous teams and families while providing the quality of coaching and experience top down. STORM Lacrosse dedicated itself to providing club/travel lacrosse opportunities to grades 3-12 year round. With that, players have been recruited to DI, DII and DIII universities to continue their lacrosse careers.
In the summer of 2012, Murphy launched Beach Blast Lax Tourney in Lewes, DE that has become a successful vacation destination girls lax tourney for middle & high school teams from all over the country. Richmond based tournaments have catapulted – Spring Fling (elementary & middle school girls in April), Southern Lacrosse Cup (middle & high school girls in June) and River City Fall Fest (middle & high school girls in November) along with Wicked Witch Lax Fest (middle & high school girls in October at Lewes, DE).
Murphy worked one year at River City Sportsplex (formerly Sportsquest) under the leadership of CBRE & owner Shaw Industries to propel them into the rental & tournament market at their 12 synthetic field complex in Midlothian, VA.
With positive and respected relationships in the college coaching ranks, Murphy has been able to place over 70 players in college lacrosse programs at all levels, DI-DII-DII and college club. NWSRecruiting
Murphy comes with 30+ years of playing, coaching, mentoring, recruiting and tournament experience. She has developed may trusting relationships with sponsorship companies, college coaches, high school coaches and recruiters that continue to be of tremendous value to her as she commits herself and New World Sports to giving a positive experience to the athlete and their family!