Storm name John Murphy offensive coordinator

BENNINGTON — This offseason has been a busy one for the Southern Vermont Storm.

From naming a new head coach and director of player personnel to assistant coaches to securing a full-time home, the Storm have had little time to reflect on their Maritime Conference championship success from last season.

Southern Vermont had another addition to its team this week with the announcement of the hire of offensive coordinator John Murphy.

Murphy has had a long history with football in the state. Most recently, Murphy was the head coach at Montpelier High School from 2010 to 2012.

Before that, he was the strength and conditioning, quarterback and wide receiver coach with the Solons.

He played his high school ball at Rutland and was the quarterback from 1997 to 1999. In the years to follow, he spent time as a quarterback and wide receiver coach with Rutland Youth Football.

With his extensive history coaching on the offensive side of the ball, the Storm viewed him as a great candidate to lead their offense.

"He's offensive-minded. He's looking to do some more things that we're looking to do," said Storm general manager Chris Cipperley. "We're looking to be more a spread offense and he has great experience with that. He's innovative and motivated and just really ready to get to work."

Murphy, a Bennington native, has a friendship with another member of the coaching staff, recently-hired offensive line coach Brandon White. That connection definitely played a a factor in bringing Murphy into the fold.

"Brandon put us in touch with him and things kind of escalated from there. We're very happy to have him," Cipperley said.

Murphy joins a list of new coaches and personnel heading into the 2018 season. Earlier in the offseason, the Storm added Kevin Coon as head coach, Tighe Stratton as director of player personnel and White as offensive coach.

According to Cipperley, most of the team's 2018 coaching structure is in place, but hasn't ruled out any other position coaching additions if the right opportunity presents itself.

The Storm will play their home games at Storm Stadium at Lower Willow Park this season. The field is the team's first permanent home in its 12 years of existence.

The Storm will play their first preseason game on June 9. Their regular season home opener will be July 21.

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