Murphy Takes Reigns of Men's Soccer Program

June 15, 2018

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Central Baptist College athletic director Lyle Middleton announced the resignation of head men's soccer coach Taylor Carnahan yesterday to pursue a career outside of coaching. The vacancy has been filled by the head women's soccer coach Chris Murphy, who will have the designation as Director of Men's and Women's Soccer. "I am very excited to be a part of this process, said Murphy. I am highly ambitious about what we will achieve in the coming seasons. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity." Murphy has been an assistant coach for the men's team the past two seasons under Carnahan and assumed the leadership role of the women's soccer program prior to last season. Murphy will keep coaching the women's program in addition to the men's team. 


Murphy takes over a program that went 9-11 last season and made it all the way to the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship game, where they lost to host school Columbia. The Mustangs had five all-conference players last season and graduated 13 from the squad in what was their best season since joining the AMC in 2016. Joining Murphy on his staff will be Josh Reed, a four-year Mustang who served as an assistant last season, and Nick Doyle, another CBC alum, who served as a GA at UCA for the past few seasons. Other additions to the staff are Bryce Deaton, student assistant-goalkeepers, Dylan Perdue, volunteer assistant-goalkeepers, Alex Burgess, graduate assistant and Zac Moore, volunteer assistant. The above list of coaches speaks for itself when you look at the way we are building our program, continued Murphy. Previously, we were a staff of only three coaches between the two programs. Now, we are more than doubling that count for both teams.