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Murphy Tim Murphy
Head Coach

Tim Murphy is in his second season as the head coach of the Nittany Lion men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2014.

In his first season, Murphy led both the men's and women's programs to top-20 finishes at the 2014 NCAA Championships and top-five finishes at the Big Ten Championships, marking one of the most successful seasons in school history for either program.

A total of 20 Penn State program records were broken throughout the season, including nine for the men's team and 11 for the women's squad. Penn State sent 19 swimmers to the 2014 NCAA Championships, where the Nittany Lion men placed 17th and the women finished 18th. Of the seven men and 12 women who competed at the national meet, 12 received College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) honorable mention All-America recognition while sophomores Shane Ryan and Alyson Ackman claimed first team All-America accolades for their efforts. With Ryan and Ackman both earning first team laurels, Penn State has now had at least one member from each squad on the first team on three occasions (2002, 1994).

Barnes Steve Barnes
Assistant Coach

Steve Barnes is in his second season as an assistant coach for Penn State's men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2014.

He came to Penn State after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach of the Wabash College swimming and diving program.

Under Barnes' leadership, the Wabash team finished fourth at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championship Meet. Competing against some of the top programs in the nation such as Kenyon and Denison, his Little Giants produced three new school records, two by freshman Zechariah Banks in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200 breaststroke and by Aaron Troyer in the 200 backstroke.

Finch Doak Finch
Assistant Coach

Doak Finch is in his second season as an assistant coach of the Penn State men's and women's swimming programs in 2014.

He spent the previous 11 seasons as an assistant at the University of Virginia, where he primarily coached the Cavaliers' distance swimmers. The UVA distance group had a standout season in 2012-13, capturing four ACC titles, including Kelly Offutt sweeping the women's distance events (500 free, 1,650 free). Brad Phillips claimed the men's 500 free, while Jan Daniec took home the title in the 1,650 free.

In addition to his coaching duties at UVA, Finch was actively involved in recruiting and the strength and conditioning programs. He also served on the Virginia Swim Camp and UVA Aquatics swimming staffs during the summer.

klink swim camp headshot Liz McMillan
Assistant Coach

Liz McMillan enters her seventh season as an assistant coach for the Penn State men's and women's swimming and diving programs in 2014.

In her seventh season on staff, McMillan helped 11 different swimmers earn All-American honors at the NCAA Championships and guided the men's and women's squads to top-40 finishes at the NCAA Championships for the third straight season. McMillan helped the men's squad finish 20th and the women's team grab a 29th place showing at the NCAA Championships.

A freestyle specialist during her time at the University of Connecticut, McMillan has the reputation as one of the top recruiters in the nation. A four-time Big East finalist while on campus in Storrs, Conn., McMillian made stops at Virginia Tech and Florida State before landing on the University Park campus for the 2008-09 season.

Nalley Kaitlyn Ferguson
Assistant Coach

Former Penn State swimmer Kaitlyn Ferguson is in her first year on the swimming and diving staff as an assistant coach, joining the program in the fall of 2014. Ferguson swam for the Nittany Lions from 2006-09.

Ferguson left her mark on Penn State as a swimmer. The Mamaroneck, New York, native was an NCAA Championships qualifier and helped the 2008 400-yard medley relay team earn honorable mention All-America honors with a 16th place finish. A member of the program's 2006 Big Ten Championship team, she is fifth on the school's top times list in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 53:75 in 2009.


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