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Murphy Tim Murphy
Head Coach

Tim Murphy was selected as the head coach of the Nittany Lion men's and women's swimming and diving programs on August 12, 2013. Murphy, who comes to Penn State after spending the last 15 seasons as Harvard's men's head coach, is the seventh coach in men's history and the fifth coach for the women's program.

During his time with the Crimson, Murphy compiled a 122-11 dual meet record and captured six Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League titles. He posted seven undefeated dual meet seasons and brought three Top 20 recruiting classes to Cambridge, Mass. during his final three seasons. His 2012-13 recruits were ranked as the nation's No. 10 recruiting class by CollegeSwimming.com.

Murphy's swimmers own 13 Harvard school records, four of the five relays marks and own almost 80 percent of the Top 10 marks in Crimson history. He has seen seven of his student-athletes earn Academic All-Ivy League and his 2006 squad earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of American Academic Team Award.

Eighteen different student-athletes have earned All-America honors on 72 occasions, with 14 of those swimmers garnering first team All-American honors 44 times. Murphy watched as his contingent brought home 97 individual league championships and 31 relay titles, winning at least five individual or relay championships on 13 occasions. During his tenure, the Crimson won at least 10 individual/relay titles at six league championships.

He has seen 63 swimmers or divers earn first team All-Ivy League on 251 different occasions, along with numerous second team All-Ivy League picks. Alex Meyer finished 10th at the 2012 Olympic Games in the 10K Marathon event and is an Open Water World Champion in the 25K event.

Murphy was appointed as the head Olympic coach for the men's open water team at the 2012 Olympic Games and serves on the OIOC committee for USA Swimming. He has placed athletes on Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific and Pan-American teams, including Meyer, who was named the 2011 Fran Crippen Memorial Male Open Water Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming.

Barnes Steve Barnes
Assistant Coach

Steve Barnes comes to Penn State after spending the last 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.

In 2012, three freshmen made it to the finals at the NCAC Championships, including Aaron Troyer, whose time in the 200-yard backstroke was good enough to make the NCAA "B" Provisional.

Barnes led the 2010-11 and 2009-10 Little Giant team to back-to-back third-place finishes at the NCAC Men's Championship meet and sent two swimmers each season to compete at the NCAA Nationals. Both swimmers, David Birrer and Evan Rhinesmith, went on to win All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Finch Doak Finch
Assistant Coach

Doak Finch was named assistant coach of the Penn State men's and women's swimming team August 29, 2013. He spent the past 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.

Finch began his coaching career in the 2000-01 season as a volunteer assistant for his alma mater.

An All-America swimmer for the Cavaliers, Finch graduated from Virginia in 2000 with a B.A. in economics. He served as a team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior and was the team's top butterfly and individual medley swimmer. Finch was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Men's Swimming and Diving Team in August of 2002. He remains ranked among the top-10 on Virginia's all-time top times list in the 200 fly and 400 IM.

klink swim camp headshot Liz McMillan
Assistant Coach

Liz McMillan will enter he sixth season as an assistant swimming and diving coach in Happy Valley. A distance 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 Virginia Tech and Florida State before landing on the University Park campus for the 2008-09 season.

During her time in Happy Valley, McMillan has helped at least one Nittany Lion advance to the NCAA Championships each year and seen the women's team finish among the top-40 three times and the men's squad grab top-30 finishes each of the past two seasons at the national meet. On an individual level, 21 of her pupils have garnered All-America honors on 54 occasions.

Nalley Patrick Nalley
Assistant Coach

Patrick Nalley begins his first season with the Penn State swimming and diving programs, coming to Happy Valley from Tempe, Ariz. where he was a coach with Sun Devil Aquatics.

With Sun Devil Aquatics, Nalley served as the head coach of the entire program, responsible for the gold, black and National Training Groups, which is made up of the top swimmers and produces swimmers for the U.S. National Team pool.

Before his stint with Sun Devil Aquatics, Nalley was an assistant coach on staff at Arizona State University from 2007-2010. While at ASU, Nalley assisted in everyday workouts and specialized in training the sprinters, breaststrokers and IM groups. The coach also assisted in the recruiting aspect while on the Sun Devil staff.

Prior to his time with ASU, Nalley was a site coordinator for Sun Devil Aquatics, coaching various ages and skill levels, while honing his coaching skills and building a wide variety of experience. Nalley was in charge of monitoring four separate training sites to instill stability in the program.

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