|Alma Mater:||Wisconsin Lutheran College 2004|
Ben Murphy, a former Wisconsin Lutheran College football standout, is in his first season as head coach of the Warriors. He was named the second head coach in the history of Warriors football December 11, 2012 after spending the previous five seasons on the coaching staff as the defensive coordinator.
In each of Murphy's five seasons directing the defense, WLC ranked in the top three in total defense in the NAC, ranking first in the conference twice (2012, 2009). In 2012, the Warriors defense led NCAA Division III in passing defense, allowing just 123 passing yards per game. The defense also ranked fourth in NCAA Division III in total defense (232 yards allowed per game), fifth in pass efficiency defense, and seventh in scoring defense (13 points per game allowed).
Last season's team set a program record with a 7-3 record. The defense led the NAC in six categories, including total defense, scoring defense, passing defense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, and interceptions (19).
Since taking over as defensive coordinator, Murphy has produced 29 all-conference performers on the defensive side of the ball, including the 2010 NAC Defensive Player of the Year in Kaylan Gaines.
Murphy returned to his alma mater after serving as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division II Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D., a position he held until May 2008.
He worked as a graduate assistant at NSU from January 2007 to January 2008 before being promoted to a full-time staff member. Murphy obtained his master's degree in educational studies with an emphasis in physical education and administration from Northern State.
Murphy was a four-year starter (2001-2004) on the defensive line for the Warriors. He earned All-MIAA Honorable Mention honors as a senior and was named to the All-MIAA Second Team as a junior. He graduated from WLC in December 2004 with a bachelor's degree in broad field social sciences and a minor in coaching. Murphy later returned to Wisconsin Lutheran in 2006 to serve as video coordinator and defensive line coach.
Murphy, who was born February 2, 1983, resides in Wauwatosa with his wife, Erin, and sons, Bryar and Cole.