- After a record-setting first season at the helm of FC Buffalo, Brendan Murphy inked a two-year extension to lead the club into the future. The Wolves started 7-1, earning a No. 8 ranking in the NPSL Media Poll and a No. 20 spot in the PDL/NPSL amateur poll. FCB finished the season with its first playoff appearance and an 8-5 overall record. An injury-plagued second season still saw Murphy lead the club to its highest-scoring season and placed a player on the All-NPSL First Team.
A Western New York native who starred at Williamsville North High School, Murphy has been a highly sought-after coach at some of the premier institutions in Western New York after backstopping an unbeaten, undrawn NCAA champion in 1999 as a goalkeeper at St. Lawrence University.
“Winning takes toughness, talent, chemistry, and belief,” Murphy said. “My first and most difficult priority is to make sure those four pillars are in place. We will value possession of the soccer ball. We will defend to the death. We will attack at pace. And players will have the freedom to express themselves creatively with the ball in the right places on the field.”
During a high-rising coaching career, Murphy earned his United States Soccer Federation “A” license and is in his second year as head men’s soccer coach at D’Youville College, where he’s led the Spartans to their first playoff appearance in program history. Before that, he worked as an assistant at the University at Buffalo, Niagara University and Buffalo State College under John Astudillo, Dermot McGrane, Dave Hesch and Rudy Pompert. He’s been the director of coaching at Orchard Park Soccer Club and the Amherst Soccer Association in addition to working with TOPSoccer for children with disabilities and even fit in two years teaching English literature at the Park School.
Murphy boasts a splendid playing record that includes 41-1-0 career record at St. Lawrence and stints with the USL’s Cincinnati Riverhawks and PDL’s Kalamazoo Kingdom. Murphy also trained in England’s First Division with Millwall FC and Brentford FC.
Roach returns for his second season with the FCB. The 2012 Niagara Orleans League Coach of the Year skippered the Newfane High School boys to their second Section VI final in six seasons (Newfane won the Class B Far West Regional Championship in 2006) in 2012. In addition to 2 All-State selections and 14 First Team All-N-O League players, Roach has lead the team to the New York State Academic Excellence Award all 6 years.
A former FC Buffalo player in 2010 who carries the rare distinction of also playing for the Erie Admirals, Nate graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2013 after a 4-year career that saw him appear in 56 games for coach Dale White. Stern now is an assistant coach at his alma mater, Newfane High School, under Bob Roach.
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Grabowski played for FC Buffalo from its first season in 2010 through its fourth year in 2013, making 25 appearances for the club during and after a successful playing career at SUNY Fredonia. He recently finished his third season as assistant coach at his alma mater, and has also coached for a number of youth programs including Empire, Black Watch and New York State West’s Olympic Development Program.