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Murphy to head athletics

May 15, 2008

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By Stuart Colcleugh

David Murphy is SFU’s new senior director of athletics, replacing Wilf Wedmann who retired in 2007. He takes the helm June 9 after five years as athletics director at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) in Halifax.

"David Murphy is clearly a highly intelligent, motivated and energetic person who impressed us with his commitment to high-performance collegiate athletics and an unwavering focus on all dimensions of the student-athlete experience," says VP-students and international, Nello Angerilli.

"We anticipate that he will continue to build on the foundation of excellence that his predecessors created at SFU and maintain the legacy of exceptional athletic achievement that we are all very proud of."

Murphy, 65, assumed the SMU position in May 2003 after retiring as an oral surgeon in the Halifax area for 30 years and Chief of Surgery at Dartmouth General Hospital.

"I’m really honoured that SFU chose me," he says. "There are some challenges and opportunities that I look forward to undertaking.

"When you look at the history of the program, and the opportunities that I am already aware of at SFU, the future is very bright."

An SMU alumnus (BA `66), Murphy was involved with the university and its athletics program for more than four decades. He quarterbacked the Huskies for four seasons and won Atlantic championship in 1964.

As athletic director, he was instrumental in securing significant contributions for SMU’s capital campaign and worked closely with the academic community to triple the number of Academic All-Canadians in the athletic program during his tenure.

Murphy twice served as president of Atlantic University Sport (2005, 2007) and has been a member of both the executive and disciplinary committees of Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

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