Brendan Murphy, fourth season
- Including a record-setting first season at the helm of FC Buffalo, Brendan Murphy has consistently put high talent on the field for FCB in three seasons with the club.
- In 2013, 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.
Murphy is FCB’s all-time leader in wins and games coached, and has brought aboard players who’ve gone on to play professionally in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He’s coached two players on the NPSL First XI.
- 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 third 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 and was named Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year. Prior to D’Youville, he worked as an assistant at the University at Buffalo, Niagara University and Buffalo State College. 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 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.
Bob Roach, fourth season
Roach returns for his fourth season with 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 led the team to the New York State Academic Excellence Award all 6 years.
Brian Knapp, first season
“BK” played for FCB from 2013-15, making 31 appearances while producing four goals and six assists and captaining the club on several occasions. The University at Buffalo alumnus played professionally for four years in the FK-League in Korea with the Yes Gumi Futsal Club and Gyeongsan Five Star Futsal Club, earning US national team reserve status.
He later played for the Rochester Lancers, and was an assistant coach for the women’s team at Buffalo State College before taking the same position at Hartwick College.