Mitch Murphy begins his fourth year on the Triton cheer staff. Murphy is highly involved with recruiting, campus tours, clinics, strength and conditioning, academic advising, study tables, disciplinary action, The Triton Challenge, game-day, helping our kids transfer to the next level and works with both national squads on a daily basis.
Murphy began his cheer duties for the Tritons in 2013 as a recruiting coordinator. In 2014, Murphy became an assistant cheer coach to go along with his recruiting coordinator duties. Since Murphy became an assistant coach in 2014, the Tritons have become one of the up and coming NCA cheer programs in the country. Since 2014, the Tritons have had four top four finishes at NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in three different divisions with two fourth place finishes, a deduction free 3rd place team, and a national runner up finish this past season. The last five consecutive Triton cheer teams have made day two finals at NCA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Fl. In 2014, the Tritons Large Coed team won the school’s first National Championship in school history at Cheer Ltd. Nationals at Canam in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 2015, The Triton Small Coed team won the schools second National Championship in school history at Myrtle Beach, SC, while the Large Coed team finished National Runners-Up respectively.
In 2016, Murphy made his debut in the all-star world as an assistant coach for the United All Stars “Eclipse”. In only the team’s first year of existence, the IOC5 “Eclipse” made history by receiving a bid to The Cheerleading Worlds in Orlando, Florida. “Eclipse” not only received a bid but finished 9th out of 26 teams in the US Worlds Trials earning a trip the Worlds Semifinals were “Eclipse” officially finished 8th in the United States and 18th in the world in our division. Eclipse is the first and only Iowa All Star team ever to make it to The Cheerleading Worlds Semifinals.
Murphy was involved in the Triton football program either as a player, student assistant, and assistant coach for eleven seasons. Murphy has been associated as a coach in eight bowl games (03, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14), six bowl game championship teams (07, 08, 10, 11, 13, 14) two Region XI Championship teams (03, 07) and the 2007 Midwest Football Conference Championship. As a player from 01-02, Murphy was a two-time most inspirational player award winner, best team player award winner and was a member of the 2002 Region XI Championship team. Murphy has helped send many players to scholarship-level programs.
Murphy’s previous coaching outside of Iowa Central includes assistant track and field coach at Southeast Valley High School in 2016 where the Jaguars broke ten school records, had two individual state place winning events and qualified four events to the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet. Murphy was also an assistant track and field coach from 2007-2013 at Saint Edmond Catholic High School. Murphy was a part of the Gaels track and field dynasty. The Gaels won the Iowa High School Class 2A State Track and Field Championship in 2009 and 2011, had five consecutive top four team finishes at the class 2A State Track and Field Meet (08, 09, 10, 11, 12), six consecutive district team championships (07-12), ten state champion relay teams, five individual state champions, nineteen relay state place-winning teams, twenty three individual state place-winners, sixty six state qualifying events, set eleven school records, placed five NCAA Division I track athletes, and one Drake Relays Champion. Murphy also coached freshman football at Saint Edmond Catholic High School in 2006.
Murphy works in the Admissions Department as a Student Development Assistant. Murphy graduated from Luther College in 2006 with a degree in physical education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Murphy also holds A.A. and A.A.S. degrees from Iowa Central. He lives in Callender his wife and head cheer coach Amanda Murphy and their son Memphis.