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Colgate head coach Mike Murphy resigns

Murphy led the Raiders for seven years, including Patriot League championships in 2012 and 2015.

Colgate Raiders head coach Mike Murphy has resigned after leading the men’s lacrosse team for seven years.

According to the school’s press release, Murphy’s resignation is effective immediately. A national search for his successor will begin immediately.

Inside Lacrosse’s Matt Kinnear has heard from multiple Patriot League coaches who are “shocked” by Murphy’s resignation.

During his time at Colgate, Murphy posted a 57-51 overall record and a 26-26 record in Patriot League games. The Raiders made five Patriot League Tournaments, winning twice in 2012 and 2015. Murphy’s teams went 16-27 in his last three seasons after winning the 2015 Patriot League title, his only three under-.500 seasons while at the helm.

Murphy coached seven All-Americans during his time in Hamilton, including attackman Peter Baum, who won the Tewaaraton Award in Murphy’s first season.

Raiders Director of Athletics Nicki Moore released a short statement thanking Murphy for his work at Colgate:

“We thank Mike for his hard work and service to our university and department,” said Colgate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nicki Moore. ”We wish him the very best moving forward.”

Along with Colgate, there are head coach openings at Bellarmine and Siena, as well as ongoing situations at Air Force and Holy Cross.