The Boise State volleyball team sports a 15-7 record this season, and head coach Shawn Garus has done a masterful job of molding a Mountain West Conference contender. For seven years, Garus has had assistant coach Candy Murphy helping to guide the Broncos.
In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator and scouting opponents, Murphy trains the Bronco middle blockers and is director of operations for Boise State's sand volleyball team. Under Murphy, the Bronco players have an opportunity to learn from one of the best.
At UC Davis, Murphy was named AVCA All-American in 1991 and 1992, and at the time of her graduation, she held school records in career kills, career attacks, career hitting percentage and career service aces. In 1998, Murphy was inducted into the UC Davis Hall of Fame.
Including her time at Boise State, Murphy has 15 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience, and an extensive background in coaching and directing Junior Olympic club teams.
Garus and Murphy helped turn the Bronco program around, a program that had experienced just one winning season in 10 years prior to their arrival in Boise. Since taking over in 2009, Garus and Murphy led Boise State to three consecutive winning seasons (their first such streak since 1992). Bronco assistant coach and former Bronco volleyball star Breann Crowell came aboard in 2013, and Boise State continues to make great strides.
Murphy has helped coach the Bronco players to 11 all-conference honors, one Mountain West Freshman of the Year, one MW Newcomer of the Year and one honorable-mention All-American honoree, among other individual achievements.
Murphy began coaching club volleyball while at UC Davis. In addition to leading her team to a fifth place finish at the Junior Olympics, Murphy coached two All-Americans. After a three-year stint as assistant coach for her alma mater, Murphy was hired at Sacramento State, where she coached from 1993-1999 and 2001-2002, helping the Hornets to three Big Sky Conference titles. During a hiatus from Sacramento State, Murphy was a volunteer assistant coach for Stanford during the 2000 season. In that year, the Cardinal finished runner-up at the NCAA National Volleyball Tournament, won the Pac-10 championship and posted a 31-3 record.