HARVARD MEN'S
SWIMMING & DIVING

Men's Coaching Staff


TIM D. MURPHY, Head Coach

Tim Murphy has led the Crimson to five EISL titles and a 59-3 record in his first seven seasons as the head coach of the Harvard men's swimming and diving program. Murphy, the 1999 EISL Coach of the Year, brought a wealth of national coaching experience to the Crimson program when he took the reigns prior to the 1998-99 season. He is a member of the USA Swimming National Team coaching staff and has placed athletes on Olympic, World University, Pan-Pacific and Pan-American teams. Murphy served as an assistant men's coach at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing and at the 1993 World Short Course Championships. He was also a member of the Open Water Staff at the 1998 World Championships in Australia. Before to his arrival at Harvard, Murphy spent 13 years as the head coach of the nationally renowned Wilton YMCA Wahoos in Wilton, Conn. He led the Wahoos to seven national championships and was named the YMCA National Coach of the Year in 1989. Murphy also garnered Connecticut Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year honors in 1988 and 1998. Murphy, who is also the co-head coach of the Bay and Ocean State Squids, was a volunteer coach for the men and women's teams at Yale University from 1996-98. He was the head coach of both the men's and women's teams at Ursinus College (Pa.) from 1979-80 before serving as the assistant men's coach at his alma mater, West Chester State, from 1980-82. Murphy has completed two the American Swimming Coaches Association Board of Directors and was a 10-year recipient of the American Coaches Association Certificate of Excellence. He counts his high school coach Frank Paris, college coach Chuck Pagano, and club coaches Jack Simon and Bob Mattson among his mentors. Murphy graduated from West Chester State in 1979 with a degree in Health and Physical Education and also earned his Master of Science in Physical Education. He lives in Pepperell with his wife, Dorothea, and their four children (Daniel, Shannon, Sean and Kelley).



SEAN SCHIMMEL, Assistant Coach

Sean Schimmel is entering his seventh year as an assistant coach with the Harvard men's swimming program, having helped the Crimson win four EISL titles in his first six years. Schimmel joined the Crimson after serving as the head coach at the Crescenta-Canada YMCA in California from 1998-99. He graduated from USC in 1991 with a BA in Communications. He was a member of the Trojans' team from 1987-91. Schimmel swam with the New Jersey Wave under coach Frank McElroy from 1983-1987. After graduation, he served as an assistant coach for the Wave from 1991-92. In addition to the four league titles, Schimmel has helped the Crimson to a 50-3 dual meet record, four individual NCAA All-Americas, 15 individual and six relay NCAA honorable mention All-Americas. He has also coached swimmers to the Olympic Trials, the US Senior National Championships and the NCAA Championships.



KEITH MILLER, Diving Coach

In his 13th season as a member of the Harvard coaching staff ... Coaches both the men's and women's programs ... Over the past 10 years, men have reached finals at Easterns 21 times ... Greg Walker `01 twice represented Harvard at the NCAA Championships ... Craig Narveson `94, a three-time NCAA All-American, placed 15th on 3 meter at the 1994 U.S. Indoor Championships ... Lara Jacobson `98 placed sixth on platform at the 1995 U.S. Indoor Nationals, qualifying for the US National Team ... Jacobson also placed 12th at the 1995 NCAAs as a freshman ... Kara Miller `97 won the Eastern Championships in 1996 and qualified for the NCAA Championships and Indoor and Outdoor Senior Nationals ... Selected to coach at the 1994 and 1995 US Olympic Festivals ... Prior to his appointment at Harvard, was the diving coach at Wesleyan University (CT) and at Cal-San Diego ... Part of Harvard and National Team coach John Walker's staff from 1981 until 1985 ... Member of the US National team staff from 1995-97 ... Also coaches Charles River Divers club team ... A 1982 graduate of Tufts University, with a degree in Spanish literature.



KYLE SCHACK, Volunteer Assistant Coach

Kyle Schack enters his second season as a volunteer assistant coach on the Harvard men's swimming staff. He helped coach the Crimson to an undefeated season, EISL championship and 22nd-place finish at the NCAA Championships in his first year on the job. Schack is also the head senior assistant coach of the Bay and Ocean State Squids. He coached four junior national qualifiers, a USA Scholastic All-American and five individual New England long course champions last season. A native of Huntington Woods, Mich., Schack came to Harvard from West Virginia, where he earned a master's degree and coached the distance swimmers in 2004. He coached one Big East champion and four All-Big East swimmers with the Mountaineeers. Schack captained the swimming and water polo teams at Union, where he was a national qualifier and conference champion. He graduated in 2002 with bachelor's degrees in economics and French. After graduation, Schack coached four Division-III All-Americans as a volunteer assistant at Union and was the junior coach of the Schenectady Swim Club.



Ali Shipley, Volunteer Assistant Diving Coach

Alison Shipley, formerly a captain of Harvard's swimming and diving team, begins her third year as the Crimson's volunteer diving assistant coach. Shipley was a standout diver for the Crimson who took third place on both the one-meter and three-meter boards at the 2000 Ivy League Championships. She took eighth on the one-meter board at the 2001 Ivy championship meet. A native of Bridgewater, NJ, Shipley is a 2001 graduate of Harvard with an undergraduate degree in psychology.