In six seasons, former Royal standout Colleen Murphy has led the Royals to an overall record of 77-31-14 (.689), including Landmark Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012, an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013, and Landmark Conference tournament berths in 2008 and 2009.
In addition, her players have earned all-Landmark Conference honors 31 times, including Chelsea Paskman, a two-time all-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Paskman, along with eight others — Christina Akalski, Caitlin Byrne, Erin Casey, Sarah Gibbons, Amanda Kresge, Sydney Parker, Samatha Russo and Erin Unterstein — have earned NSCAA all-regional honors. Murphy herself was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year in 2013, and the coaching staff was also named Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010.
The Royals made their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournamentin 2013, taking on Endicott in a first-round match in Middlebury, Vt. The Royals couldn't find the back of the net, however, and suffered a 1-0 loss.
Murphy returned to her alma mater in January 2008, replacing Toby Lovecchio, who served as interim head coach for the 2007 season after veteran head coach Joe Bochicchio passed away on July 24, 2007. Murphy returned to Scranton after serving as assistant women’s soccer coach at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 2007. The Greyhounds finished 15-6-1 and advanced to the championship match of the Landmark Conference tournament, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
Prior to her appointment at Moravian, she served as an assistant women’s soccer coach at Elmira College in Elmira, New York, from August 2004 through June 2006, including a stint as acting head coach from December 2005 through March 2006, while working on and eventually earning her Master of Science degree in adult education. Murphy also served as an administrative intern for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she was responsible for office management, assisting with the 2006 NACWAA convention, along with marketing and public relations.
Murphy was a four-year letter-winner on some of the most successful teams in Scranton history under the legendary Bochicchio. She was a four-time all-Freedom Conference selection — first team in 2000 and 2003 and second team in 2001 and 2002 — and earned first-team all-Mid-Atlantic regional honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2003. She started 81 of 83 career matches as the Royals posted a four-year overall record of 71-13-4 (.830), including four Freedom Conference championships and four NCAA tournament appearances. In her senior year, she served as team captain and was a key member of a Royal defensive unit that posted 21 shutouts en route to a school-record 22 victories on a team that ended its season with a hard-fought 1-0 loss in double overtime to eventual champion Oneonta State University in Oneonta, New York, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. She also played a key role on the 2001 team that lost a 1-0 decision to Wheaton College (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Wheaton, Illinois, to put the wraps on a 17-4-1 season.
Murphy is a native of Langhorne, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Neshaminy High School. She was inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame for girls’ soccer in 2006.
Murphy is the fourth head coach in University of Scranton women’s soccer history. She graduated cum laude from the university with a Bachelor of Science degree in management in 2004. She received her national diploma (with distinction) from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in 2008. Murphy also serves as an assistant director of athletics and senior woman administrator.
Landmark Conference Championships (3)
2010, 2011, 2012
Landmark Conference Post-Season Tournament Appearances
2008, 2009. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
NCAA Tournament Appearances (4)
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Overall Record: 77-31-14 (.689)
Winning Seasons (6)
2008 (11-8), 2009 (13-4-2), 2010 (16-6-1), 2011 (13-4-3), 2012 (9-7-5), 2013 (15-3-3)
All-Landmark Conference Selections (31)
Christina Akalski (1st team, 2013), Emily Boyce (2nd team, 2008), Caitlin Byrne (2nd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Erin Casey (2nd team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Emily Farrell (1st team, 2010), Sarah Gibbons (1st team, 2011), Amanda Kresge (1st team, 2011), Emily MacPhee (1st team, 2008), Kelsy McAnelly (2nd team, 2011; 1st team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Sydney Parker (2nd team, 2009; 1st team, 2010; 2nd team, 2011; 1st team, 2012), Chelsea Paskman (1st team, 2008; 1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Samantha Russo (1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011; 1st team, 2012; 1st team, 2013), Jasmine Sconciafurno (2nd team, 2013), Eileen Sodano (1st team, 2008), Jess Sciscione (1st team, 2010; 1st team, 2011; 1st team, 2012), Erin Unterstein (1st team, 2009), Ellen Walker (2nd team, 2013).
Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Year
Caitlin Byrne (2010)
Amanda Kresge (2011)
Erin Casey (2013)
Landmark Conference Offensive Player of the Year
Chelsea Paskman (2009, 2010)
Samantha Russo (2013)
Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year (2)
Samantha Russo (2010)
Christina Akalski (2013)
NSCAA All-American Selections (2)
Chelsea Paskman (2nd team, 2009; 3rd team, 2010)
NSCAA/adidas All-Mid-Atlantic Region Selections
Christina Akalski (2nd team, 2013), Caitlin Byrne (3rd team, 2010), Erin Casey (3rd team, 2013), Sydney Parker (3rd team, 2010), Chelsea Paskman (2nd team, 2008; 1st team, 2009; 1st team, 2010), Samantha Russo (2nd team, 2010; 2nd team, 2013), Erin Unterstein (2nd team, 2009)
Awards & Honors
Landmark Conference Coaching Staff of the Year (1): 2010
Landmark Conference Coach of the Year (1): 2013
University of Scranton All-Time Coaching Records
|Colleen Murphy '04
|Toby Lovecchio '85 (Interim)
John Kelly Morahan (co-head coach)
Christa Matlack, a former standout at Bucknell University where she graduated in the spring of 2011, joined the Royals during the summer of 2013. She spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Clarion University, an NCAA Division II institution in Clarion, Pa. While there, she assisted in player skill development and team tactics, as well as assisting in numerous organizational duties.
During her four seasons at Bucknell, an NCAA Division I university in Lewisburg, Pa., Matlack was one of the top players in the Patriot League, earning first-team honors in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She was twice named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010) and was chosen as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American twice (2009, third team; 2010, second team).
Matlack graduated as one of the top scorers in Bucknell women’s soccer history, ranking fifth in goals with 32, fifth in points with 78 and seventh in assists with 14. She helped the Bison reach the Patriot League playoffs in each of her four seasons. In the spring of 2011, she was presented with the Christy Mathewson Award, which is presented annually at Bucknell to the outstanding male and female senior athletes.
Matlack has also served as a coach with the Clarion River Valley Sharks since the fall of 2011, assisting in the development and coaching of boys and girls ages 10 through 16. She has also been a camp counselor for soccer camps at both Bucknell and Penn State, as well as the Soccer Training Network.
Matlack holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology with minors in philosophy and studio art from Bucknell. She completed her master of science degree in biological sciences at Clarion this past spring.
Jon Keller is entering his fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach with the women's soccer team as the goalkeepers' coach. A 2007 graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in business administration, Keller played in the field and in goal for the Huskies during his career, including 17 starts in goal during his senior year.
Keller, who also studied plumbing and heating at Luzerne County Community College following his graduation from Bloomsburg, will begin pursuing his masters in operations management at The University of Scranton this fall.