Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of 22 Years Digit Murphy Retires

Since 1987, Margaret “Digit” Murphy has been a part of Brown women’s ice hockey. After a remarkable career that saw her break the record for most wins by a coach in Division I women’s hockey history, Murphy will retire, and for the first time since the 1989-90 season, the team will have a new head coach.

Though she will no longer be on the Bears’ bench, Murphy’s many accomplishments will continue to live on in Meehan Auditorium. During her tenure, she coached the team to 306 wins, six ECAC titles, five Ivy League titles, and three national championship games. She also won multiple coach of the year awards. A Rhode Island native, Murphy has also been involved in girls’ youth hockey in her home state, having helped start the Rhode Island High School Girls Hockey League.  

But Murphy is not done contributing to the sport of hockey. At Brown, she will next be pursuing work on a special project researching the history of the numerous accomplishments of female athletes in the school’s history. She will also continue her involvement with the U.S. national women’s hockey team. She has in the past served on the team’s coaching staff, including on the silver medal squad in the 1992 Winter Olympics, and she will resume her role as a mentor and coach in the national team’s development program.

A new head coach has yet to be named.

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