College Women

Murphy named head coach of Texas women's team

Ryan Murphy (right), shown here at the 2013 NCAA Championship, is the new head coach of the Texas women's team starting May 29.
Ryan Murphy (right), shown here at the 2013 NCAA Championship, is the new head coach of the Texas women's team starting May 29. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Thursday, May 22, 2014

HUTCHINSON, Kan. –– Ryan Murphy, who has been the assistant coach under John Fields of the Texas men’s golf team for six years, will take the reins of the Longhorns women’s team for the 2014-15 season. His new position begins May 29, after the NCAA Men's Championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

“To coach at Texas, it’s a dream come true,” Murphy said.

It was announced in January that seven-year head coach Martha Richards would retire after the season. Associate head coach Kate Golden, who has been with the Longhorns for four years, will remain in her current position.

Murphy, who has known Fields since age 8 and played golf for Fields at New Mexico, said he can take what he has learned from his coaching mentor and apply those lessons to the women’s team.

“He knows how to treat kids really well, and he knows how to get the best out of his players,” Murphy said of Fields. “How he conducts his business on a day-to-day basis. . . . I have learned a lot.

“There are differences in men and women, but the game itself and how it's played and what you’re trying to accomplish on a golf course is the same. My approach will be the same. I’m big into looking at the different golf courses, preparing for what’s in front of us and coming up with a game plan on what’s the best way to play this golf course. I think most everything I’ll take from the men’s team and use with the women.

“I am a big believer in competition and I believe competition prepares you for competition, and I’m big into that, so that could be an adjustment heading into the women’s side."

Murphy has not yet traveled to a women’s tournament but has shown his support at Texas’ home event, the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational. He plans to hit the recruiting trail this summer and make that his No. 1 priority, as Texas is not bringing in any players this fall.

The Longhorns finished the season at No. 44 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Texas placed second at the Big 12 Championships, its best finish of the season.

To become a head coach at Texas . . . I am absolutely thrilled,” Murphy said. “I feel lucky, and today’s one of the luckiest days of my life.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.