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Twenty-four years as a Division I coach has given Digit Murphy invaluable experience and unique insight into the world of college sports, coaching and women's hockey, and women's rights issues.

Digit Murphy Associates seeks to use that knowledge-base to help players through college consulting and clinics, coaches through mentoring and women in general through education about issues.

Digit retired from coaching after the 2010-11 eeason as one of the longest tenured coaches ever in women's hockey. During the 2006-07 season, she became the winningest coach in Division I women's hockey history, picking up her 300th win later in the year. Her teams have made it to the national semifinals four times, playing for the National Championship three times. She has coached Olympians and All-Americans, and captured numerous ECAC and Ivy League titles.

However, Murphy will also be the first to tell you that her job is about more than success on the ice.

"Looking back, I don't remember the score of every game," Murphy told ESPN in an interview after breaking the all-time wins record. "But I remember the notes that former players have written to me, telling me how much Brown hockey meant to them. That's why I coach. My advice to new coaches is simple: be a sponge. Learn from everyone you can. Work your butt off. In this field, if you don't love it, you can't do it."

Murphy's knowledge of the game and passion for coaching is evident. Brown's success during her tenure can be attributed to the "team first" philosophy that Murphy has instituted and continues to seek in Brown recruits. "Brown is an academic institution and we approach our team philosophy in the same way. Our kids learn life lessons through athletics,"

Murphy led Brown to a record of .500 or better in 14 of her 18 seasons. In that time, Murphy has led Brown to five Ivy League titles, six ECAC regular season or tournament titles and four National Championship appearances. Murphy's players have been named Ivy League Player of the Year eight times, ECAC Player of the Year three times, Ivy and ECAC Rookie of the Year once, and ECAC Goaltender of the Year once. Seven of her players have played in the Olympics for the United States, Canada, and Japan, and four have been named All-Americans. Her players have earned 13 first team All-ECAC selections and 26 first team All-Ivy selections.

In 2004, Murphy was inducted into the International Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame for her accomplishments both as a coach at Brown and as a student-athlete at Cornell, where the women's hockey team's MVP award is named after her. In 2001, members of the media awarded Murphy the New England Hockey Writers' Coach of the Year award, and in 1997 Murphy's fellow coaches and the media honored her with both the ECAC/KOHO and the New England Hockey Writers' Coach of the Year awards. Murphy was also the first female to reach the 200-win plateau. In the summer of 2004, Murphy coached the U.S. National team at the Lake Placid Olympic Festival, where Brown University was represented by eight of the 60 players.

In October 1996, she coached the U.S. National Team as an assistant at the Three Nations Tournament. She has also coached at the Junior National level in Lake Placid for eight years, and was a member of the 1998 Olympic Selection Committee. In 1992, her well-respected hockey talents earned her the position of assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey National Team. Under Head Coach Russ McCurdy, she helped lead the U.S. to a silver medal in Finland. Besides coaching, Murphy has used her charismatic personality to great effect in covering women's hockey for the media in various capacities, including as a color analyst for Turner Broadcasting coverage of the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, in 1998. She was also a color analyst at the 2004 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships for CSTV and the 2000 Women's Ice Hockey World Championships for Oxygen Media. During the 1997-98 season, Lifetime Television contracted her as a color analyst for the first-ever women's hockey broadcast of the Four Nations Cup game between the US and Canada.

Among many professional accomplishments, Murphy is most proud of the ongoing grassroots growth of women's ice hockey and the development of female athletes and coaches. Murphy was the primary source for the start of the Rhode Island Girls' High School Hockey, which was the first girls' developmental hockey league that mentored players and developed new and inexperienced coaches.

A 1983 graduate of Cornell University, Murphy was a four-year letter winner for the Big Red women's ice hockey team. She captained the team as a junior and senior, and earned All-Ivy honors in each of her four seasons. In 1981, she earned the crowning achievement of her playing career when she was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. As one of the all-time leading scorers at Cornell, Murphy had a total of 123 goals and 90 assists for 213 points. She was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Prior to Cornell, Murphy played hockey locally for the Cranston Panthers of the South Shore Women's Hockey League. A native of Rhode Island, Digit currently resides in Providence with her partner and they have six children between them.