May 18, 2012
By Donna Ditota
When Colgate athletic director Dave Roach hires a new coach, he abides by a particular template. After assessing his final candidates and assuring himself that all possess the necessary skills to recruit, teach the game and motivate young people, Roach relies on what he terms “the X factor” to render a final decision.
“It’s something I can’t really explain,” he said, “but I know it and feel it when I see it.”
Last July, Roach saw something in Mike Murphy, a relatively unknown coaching commodity who had labored for 15 yeas as a college lacrosse assistant.
Murphy’s resume included stops at Merrimack College, where he worked as a “part-time part-time assistant” for $800. It crisscrossed North Carolina, starting first in Misenheimer, where he worked at Pfeiffer University for $2,000, room and board. It drifted to nearby Wingate University, where he coached and earned a master’s degree.
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