Coaches and Staff
The head coach of the UPenn Men’s Lacrosse Program since 2009, Mike Murphy’s tenure has coincided with an upswing in the program’s fortunes. The UPenn Quakers have made a pair of NCAA Championship appearances under Murphy (2011 and 2014) and hosted its 2014 first-round game with Drexel—their first NCAA home game since 1988. UPenn was the fourth seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship, its highest seed since the 1988 semifinal team. Penn also has made the postseason Ivy League Tournament three of the last four years, and the Quakers boasted the nation’s No. 1 overall Strength of Schedule (SOS) in 2012, the No. 2 overall SOS in 2013, and the No. 6 SOS in 2014 (behind four ACC schools and Johns Hopkins).
“We are excited to get a coach of Mike’s caliber to Penn,” said Penn’s director of athletics, Steve Bilsky, at the time of Murphy’s hiring. “The success he has had as a head coach at Haverford College has made a lot of people in lacrosse circles take note, and his experiences as an assistant coach prior to that lead us to believe that he will step in and have the same kind of impact on our program.”
“I am ecstatic to return to Penn as the head Men’s Lacrosse coach,” said Murphy at the time of his hiring. “It is a world-class institution that attracts top student-athletes, and I am excited to work with the program’s talented players.”
Murphy attended Duke University, where he was a three-year starter (one as a long stick middie, two at closed defense) for the nationally ranked Blue Devils and captain of the 1991 team. He graduated with a degree in history and political science. Murphy also holds a master’s degree in higher education management from UPenn, earned in May 2004.
The offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator for the University of Pennsylvania Men’s Lacrosse Program since 2014, Patrick Myers comes to UPenn from the University of North Carolina, where he enjoyed a stellar stint as the Tar Heels’ Associate Head Coach from 2009–2014. UNC made NCAA Championship appearances every year Myers was on staff, including quarterfinal appearances in 2010 and 2013, and put together a 69-30 record during that time. The Heels won the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013, the program’s first conference title in 17 years, and held the No. 1 ranking in three different polls at the end of the regular season for the program’s first No. 1 ranking since 1993.
“I am excited to welcome Coach Myers to our staff as our recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator,” said Mike Murphy at the time of Myers’ hiring. “His ability to develop offensive players, as well as implement a highly effective offense, will help us to continue to improve as a program. Pat is one of the hardest working and most effective recruiters in our sport. His record as both a recruiter and offensive coordinator speak for themselves.”
“I am extremely excited for this new opportunity at Penn,” said Myers. “Mike Murphy has built a great program during his short time here, and I am thrilled to help him continue toward the goal of making the Quakers one of the nation’s model NCAA Division I programs. I hope that my various experiences as a player and coach will help our student-athletes grow and become the best players and people they can be both on and off the field.”
Myers played his college lacrosse at the Ohio State University, graduating in 2003. He was the GWLL Rookie of the Year in 2000, a two-time All-GWLL selection, and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. Myers then played professionally for four seasons with the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.
“I am very excited to have Casey Ikeda on the field with us in 2017,” said Murphy. “He did a great job in our operations role last year, and has demonstrated that he is fully prepared to be on the field working with our defensive players. He has a great mind for the game, he has a passion for our sport and this profession, and he is a hard worker. We are excited to have Coach Ikeda with us for years to come.
Todd MacFarlane was hired in the summer of 2016 and enters his first year on the Quakers’ coaching staff as an assistant.