Published: September 11, 2008
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Murphy takes reins of OU club hockey
Oklahoma club hockey coach Larry Donovan has resigned as head coach, and assistant Tom Murphy has been promoted to fill the vacancy.

Donovan, who guided the Sooners to a 74-22-1 record in five seasons, will be an assistant with the team. The reason for leaving the head post is so he can spend more time with family — and travel to see son Matthew play college hockey. Matthew Donovan, who was selected by the New York Islanders in the fourth round of this year's NHL Draft, will play at the University of Denver.

"I intend to remain as involved as I possibly can with OU hockey,” Larry Donovan said. "This transition will allow me some flexibility to travel to see Matt, as well as see more of my wife and daughter, more often than I could if I remained head coach.”

Murphy spent six seasons in the North American Junior Hockey League. He helped guide the Texas Tornado to three consecutive league championships.

"Larry has established a high standard of excellence at OU hockey,” Murphy said. "I'm ready to continue that tradition and can't wait for the season to get underway.”

The Sooners, who play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, open the season Sept. 19 at Liberty.

From Staff Reports