August 2, 2010
New graduate assistant Kelsey Murphy joins Golden Eagle staff
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Kelsey Murphy, a member of the Clemson
volleyball team for the past four years, has been named graduate
assistant coach of the Tennessee Tech volleyball team.
In addition to her four years of playing experience at
Clemson, Murphy has held other coaching jobs including
VolleyPerformance clinics since January of 2008 and a season of
Tangent Volleyball in May of 2006. During these events she would
lead clinics for kids and teach them the skills and techniques
needed for volleyball. As a coach she was responsible for running
practices and supervising tournaments and organizing road
“I definitely wanted to coach,” said Murphy.
“I wanted to be part of the game in some way. Tennessee Tech
is a great program and coach (John) Blair is a great
“We had several immediate responses for the open
position,” said head coach John Blair. “Kelsey had a
strong recommendation from her coach (Jolene Jordan Hoover) and we
knew she would be a good fit for the program.”
As a player, Murphy spent four seasons as a member of the
Clemson volleyball team, in which she served as the primary setter
for three and half seasons. During her tenure as a Tiger, Murphy
compiled 5,185 assists for second on the all-time list at Clemson.
She also finished eighth in school history with digs and blocks
with 1,220 and 436, respectively. She is the only player in ACC
history to tally at least 5,000 assists, 1,000 digs and 400 blocks
in a career.
Murphy was an all-ACC selection and all-region player for the
2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons and was named the ACC Rookie of the
Year in 2006. She also received AVCA all-American honorable
mentions from 2007-09 and was named the National Player of the Week
The Golden Eagles first tournament of the 2010 season will be
at the Big Orange Bash in Clemson, S.C., where the Golden Eagles
will take on Murphy’s former team.
“I’m excited,” said Murphy. “I started
my college career in Clemson, now I get to start my coaching career
there. Everything will come full circle.”