Former England netball captain Olivia Murphy (30) has been appointed as the new head coach for netball at Loughborough University. In addition to a wide ranging set of new responsibilities, Murphy will also act as an assistant coach for Loughborough Lightning in the Netball Superleague, alongside Rose Port, who has been reappointed as the franchise's head coach.
Murphy, who graduated in 1997 with a degree in economics, has been recruited as part of the university's strategic objective to increase the number of ful time head coaches it employs. In addition to working closely with Port, Murphy's role will be to establish a high performance centre fo rnetball at the university, which will include implementing improved strength and conditioning programmes for all of Loughborough's netball squads and instituting new coaching structures.
"Of course, we want to be winning the Superleague, and we want to be winning the British Universities (BUSA) competitions, but what will make the programme successful will be if each individual athlete improves and reaches as much of their potential as they can through the programme.
Loughborough Lightning's Superleague coaching team has also been strengthened by the appointment of former England U21 coach Colette Thomson and experienced coach Joan Young in supporting roles.
"I am really looking forward to wroking with the talented athletes that we have at Loughborough," said Murphy, who captained England to a bronze medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and also won bronze medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and 1999 World Championships. "From a personal point of view, moving to work at the University is a great opportunity to interact and learn from a lot of other coaches who are working with elite athletes."
Murphy, who was formerly training to be an accountant, takes up her new role on 22 October 2007.