Steve Murphy, an assistant coach for the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League in the 2013-14 season, has been named head coach of Division III Buffalo State’s men’s hockey team.
Murphy, an Alaska native who also did scouting for Kenai River, took over as interim head coach at Buffalo State in the summer of 2015. He then guided the Bengals to a record of 15-7-4, setting a school record for wins in a season. Buffalo State also finished 11-4-1 in State University of New York Athletic Conference play, finishing second for the school’s best showing ever.
The Bengals then appeared in the SUNYAC semifinals for the fifth-straight season, hosting the game for the first time.