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Tim Murphy, Owner/Director

Tim Murphy is the owner and director of TM Lacrosse as well as the Head Coach at Curry College.

In 2019, Murphy will lead the Curry Men's Lacrosse team for his seventh season.

Under Murphy, the men's lacrosse program has seen tremendous growth. His teams have reached new heights at Curry as Murphy has led the Colonels to 10 wins each of the past three years, including the program's first conference tournament appearance and win along with hosting a conference tournament game for the first time in program history. In 2018, his squad finished third in the conference, the highest ranking in program history. 

Murphy's student-athletes have excelled on the field and in the classroom as he has helped produce 1 USILA Scholar All-American, six New England Senior All-Star Game participants, and 13 All-Conference selections. His teams are also active members of the community, volunteering with the Alzheimer's Association, Call to Honor Triathlon, and with the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

He has also been an active member of the college lacrosse community, serving on the NCAA Division III Coaches Poll Committee from 2012 to 2016. He also serves as the Chair of the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse All-Star Game, a position he has held since 2012.  

His 2018 squad notched 10 wins for the second straight season, commencing in the number three seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament, which earned a home game. The team led the conference in goals per game (13.20) and ground balls. At season's end, Murphy was recognized by his peers as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Coach of the Year. Six of his student-athletes garnered All-Conference accolades after the regular season. 

Murphy led the team to the second straight winning season since taking over the Colonels in 2013. His 2017 squad went 10-9 on the year. The ten wins match the school record for the most wins in a season. His 2017 team qualified for the CCC Tournament as the number five seed. They upset number four seeded Roger Williams University by a 10-8 final, which was the program's first CCC Tournament victory in history, advancing to the CCC Semifinals. The postseason berth, the victory over Roger Williams and the trip to the semifinals were all firsts in program history. Three of his student-athletes earned all-conference recognition. 

Murphy came to Curry after reaching an unprecedented level of success at the helm of the Husson University men's lacrosse program, where he guided the Eagles to their first-ever appearance in the ECAC Division III New England Tournament. In his two years at Husson, Murphy coached a USILA Scholar All-American, a USILA North/South National All-Star, three NEILA All-Stars, 12 All-Conference Selections, and six All-Tournament Selections.

Prior to Husson, Murphy served as an assistant coach at Franklin Pierce University where he helped the Ravens earn the most wins in program history, as well as the program's first winning record at home.

Before coaching at Franklin Pierce, Murphy was an assistant coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College (NC). While at St. Andrews, he served as the defensive coordinator in 2008 and the offensive coordinator in 2009.

Previous to his two seasons at St. Andrews, he worked as the top assistant for Merrimack College during the 2006 season. Murphy spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine as well as Kennebunk High, his former high school.

A native of Kennebunk, Maine, Murphy was a four-year starter at the attack position while at Merrimack College.

Nick Coppola, Head Coach - Johnson & Wales

Nick Coppola is the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI.

In only five years, Nick Coppola took the Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team from a first-year program to the NCAA Tournament.

The Wildcats got hot during the second half of the 2018 season and road that to the GNAC Championship. Johnson & Wales went on the road to win three games in the league tournament, including a 9-5 upset of the top seed Norwich in the championship game. JWU lost 22-15 to Merchant Marine Academy in the NCAA Tournament. Max Stone became the first player in program history to earn Scholar All-America honors from the USILA.

Coppola's squad recorded a program-best 12 victories during the 2017 campaign and advanced to the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament. Stone was named GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, a first for a JWU player.

The Wildcats finished the 2016 campaign with an 11-10 record – the first winning season in school history - including a 5-3 conference mark. In his three seasons at JWU, Coppola has a 22-31 overall record.

Last season Johnson & Wales made a step forward when it won its first GNAC Tournament game. The Wildcats beat Mount Ida, 14-9, in the first round but were knocked out by Emmanuel, 10-8. JWU advanced to the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament where it was stopped by Swarthmore.

Coppola was recognized by his peers with the 2015 GNAC Coach of the Year award as the Wildcats nearly doubled their win total from the inaugural season. The Wildcats have earned 10 all-conference honors during his tenure, including back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year and one Rookie of the Year award.

Prior to starting the Johnson & Wales program in 2014, Coppola spent two seasons as the top assistant coach at Manhattanville.  He also served as an assistant coach at Colgate and his alma mater, Western New England University. 

He played midfield for the Golden Bears for four seasons and was a member of WNEU squads that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship the last two seasons. Coppola graduated in 2008.

Matt Sweeney, Head Coach - Regis University

Matt Sweeney is the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Regis College in Weston, MA.

Sweeney comes to Regis after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Rollins College, an NCAA Division II program located in Winter Park, Fla. With the Tars, Sweeney served as offensive coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and social media manager; he also assisted with fundraising as Rollins continually built its roster to its current size of over 50 players. The Tars posted a 34-25 (.576) record during Sweeney’s four seasons on the coaching staff.

This is a return to New England for Sweeney, as he was both a player and a coach in the region. After three years at Merrimack College (2008-2010), he completed his collegiate playing career at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, serving as captain as he helped the Eagles reach the championship match of the 2011 North Atlantic Conference Tournament. A first-team All-NAC honoree and a USILA Scholar All-American, he was selected to both the NEILA East-West Senior All-Star Game and the USILA Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game.

He began his coaching career at Husson as an assistant coach in the 2011-12 campaign, serving as defensive coordinator, team strength and conditioning coordinator, and recruiting coordinator. After a five-month period as Husson’s interim head coach, Sweeney moved on to Curry College in Milton, Mass. As an assistant coach for two seasons, he played a significant role in the Colonels’ practice and game planning as well as their film review.

Sweeney received his bachelor of arts degree in criminology from Merrimack College in 2010 and his master of science degree in criminal justice administration from Husson University in 2013.

Jack Wilson, Assistant Coach - Curry College

Wilson will be entering his second season as the top Assistant Coach with the Curry Men’s Lacrosse program in the 2019-2020 school year. He worked specifically with the Face-Off and Goaltender units during the 2019 season, and will transition to the role of Defensive Coordinator in 2020. Wilson also serves as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator and is tasked with overseeing the entire recruitment process. His first recruiting class was a total of 15 student-athletes who are sure to make an impact as Colonels. In 2019 Wilson also served as a coach in the NEILA All Star game.

Prior to Curry Coach Wilson served as the volunteer assistant at Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey. In his role with CBA, Wilson worked with the goalies as well as the defense and helped coach them to one of the best seasons in school history to date, and a top 10 finish in the state of New Jersey. The Colts defensive unit allowed just 4.4 goals per game, led by a first year starter in net who posted a .631 save percentage during the campaign. Wilson’s work with the goalies led to the starting goalie being named to both the All-Conference team as well as being named a High School All-American. Coach Wilson also directed the substitution box on game day.

A native of Freehold, New Jersey, Wilson attended Christian Brothers Academy graduating in 2013. He then went on to be a part of Georgian Court University Men’s Lacrosse program. Wilson was a part of the inaugural team at Georgian Court and as a starting goaltender secured the first home win in program history. Wilson graduated from Georgian Court University in 2018.