Fred W. Murphy

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Fred W. Murphy
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Murphy pictured in the 1899 Massachusetts Agricultural football team photo
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1877-11-06)November 6, 1877
Dover, New Hampshire
Died January 22, 1937(1937-01-22) (aged 59)
Brooklyn, New York
Playing career
1895–1898 Brown
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1899–1900 Massachusetts
1900–1901 Missouri
1903 Brown (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall 18–19–2

Frederick William Murphy (November 6, 1877 – January 22, 1937) was an American football player, coach, official, and lawyer. He served as the head football coach at Massachusetts Agricultural College—now the University of Massachusetts Amherst—from 1899 to 1900 and at the University of Missouri from 1900 to 1901, compiling a career record of 18–19–2.


Murphy was born on November 6, 1877 in Dover, New Hampshire. He attended Brockton High School, where he played football. Murphy attended Brown University, where he played on football team as an end from 1895 to 1898. He captained the team as a senior in 1898. After coaching at Massachusetts Agricultural College and Missouri, Murphy returned to his alma mater in 1903 as an assistant football coach under Dave Fultz. Murphy graduated from Harvard Law School in 1904. He and Fultz formed a law partnership in New York City in 1906. The two also officiated major college football games together. Murphy died on January 22, 1937 at St. John's Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Massachusetts Aggies (Independent) (1899–1900)
1899 Massachusetts 7–4
1900 Massachusetts 5–5
Massachusetts: 12–9
Missouri Tigers (Independent) (1900–1901)
1900 Missouri 4–4–1
1901 Missouri 2–6–1
Missouri: 6–10–2
Total: 18–19–2


  1. ^ "Those We Mourn". Brown Alumni Monthly. XXXVII (8): 229–30. March 1937. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 

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