Dave Murray is in his first year as the Mary Jayne Comey and Mac Bristol '43 Head Football Coach at Hamilton College. He was the head football coach at Alfred University from 1998 through 2013.
Murray has an overall record of 151-99-1 in 24 years as head coach at Alfred, Lebanon Valley College and SUNY Cortland. He is ranked 20th on the Division III winningest active football coaches list by victories with 151.
At Alfred, Murray's last season with a losing record was back in 2002. He guided the Saxons to the postseason every year from 2004 through 2013, including NCAA Division III championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. Alfred earned a share of its first Empire 8 Conference title in 2009 and captured the conference crown outright the next year. He was selected the Empire 8 Coach of the Year three times.
The highlight of Murray's Alfred coaching career was 2010 when his team ended up 10-3 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. The two NCAA victories were the first in program history. The trip to the 2009 NCAA championship was the first in 28 years for the Saxons.
In 2013, Murray led Alfred to a record of 8-3, including 5-2 in the Empire 8. The Saxons finished the season with a win against Cortland in the 2013 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Central Bowl Championship game.
Under Murray, Alfred players received six Empire 8 player of the year awards and six Empire 8 rookie of the year honors. Two Saxons were voted ECAC Northwest players of the year and six Alfred players earned first team All-America recognition.
Murray took Cortland to the NCAA playoffs in his first year as a head coach in 1990. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Cortland from 1987 to 1989. He worked with the linebackers as an assistant at Dartmouth College for four years and was a graduate assistant coach for football and track & field at Ithaca College in 1983 and 1984.
Murray has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for 28 years and is a member of the National Football Foundation. He is the chairman of the East Region for the Division III All-America selection committee and is on the national board of coaches that votes for the AFCA Division III Top 25 poll.
Murray played linebacker on the football team and earned a bachelor's degree at Springfield College, and he received his master's degree from Ithaca. He also has a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Cortland.
Murray is a native of Scotia, N.Y., and is a graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School. He and his wife Karin have three daughters, Chelsea, Kailea and Megan.
Office Phone: 315-859-4841
Recruiting areas: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York (Mohawk Valley), North Carolina, South Carolina.
Joe Dougherty is in his second year as an assistant on the Hamilton College football coaching staff. Dougherty was the defensive coordinator for the Continentals in 2013.
Dougherty was an assistant coach at Division I Lafayette College from 2006 to 2012. He was named Lafayette's defensive line coach in 2009. He was the Leopards' wide receivers coach in 2008 and their running backs coach his first two seasons in Easton, Pa.
Dougherty coached eight players to a total of nine Patriot League all-league team honors at Lafayette. The team won a league title and played in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs in his first year with the Leopards. He helped lead the team to an FCS Top 25 national ranking every year from 2006 to 2009. Lafayette finished 8-3 in 2009.
Dougherty was an assistant coach at Fordham University in 2004 and 2005. He was the wide receivers coach both seasons and special teams coordinator in 2005. Dougherty coached three Fordham players to Patriot League all-league team honors.
Prior to Fordham, Dougherty spent 2003 at Lafayette as the Leopards' wide receivers coach. He was a graduate assistant coach at Rowan University the previous two seasons. Rowan captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and played in the NCAA Division III championship in 2001 and 2002. Rowan advanced to the semifinals in Dougherty's first season with the squad.
Dougherty earned his bachelor's degree from Dickinson College in 1999 and went on to get his master's from Rowan in 2002.
Office Phone: 315-859-4831
Recruiting areas: Arizona, California (San Diego), Hawaii, International, Nevada, New Jersey, New York (Southern Tier), Washington.
Jeff Friedman is in his fourth year as an assistant football coach at Hamilton College after a four-year playing career with the Continentals. Friedman coaches the safeties.
Friedman was an assistant at Tenafly High School in New Jersey in 2009. He worked with the offensive and defensive lines and special teams. He helped guide Tenafly's varsity to a 9-1 record and he was head coach of the junior varsity.
Friedman was a three-year varsity letter winner at defensive tackle for Hamilton. He was a starter during his senior year in 2004. At Tenafly, he was an all-league selection at defensive tackle, and a two-year starter on offense and defense.
Friedman graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in history. He earned a law degree from American University in Washington, D.C., in 2008. Friedman lives in New Hartford with his wife Kalley (Greer '07) and 10-month-old son Caillum.
Office Phone: 315-859-4904
Jerome Rudolph is in his first year as a member of the Hamilton College football staff. Rudolph works with the team's cornerbacks.
Rudolph is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he earned a degree in economics and business. He is pursuing his master's from Southeastern Louisiana University. Rudolph was a member of the football and track & field programs at both schools.
At Lafayette, Rudolph was a dean's list student and a member of the Patriot League Honor Roll in both football and track & field. He was named the Leopards' Most Outstanding Track Athlete in 2011 and 2012.
Terry Stanimer returned to Hamilton College in 2008 to serve as an assistant football coach. Stanimer was previously on the Continentals' staff in 1974 and 1975 under head coach Robert King. He works with the running backs.
Stanimer was an assistant coach at Utica College from 2004 to 2007. He coached at Utica's Notre Dame High School from 1976 to 2004, and was hired as the football team's head coach in 1980. Stanimer's Notre Dame teams won New York Section III titles in 1982, 1983 and 1999. He also guided the Jugglers to four sectional runner-up finishes. He assisted more than 125 players in the college recruiting process and represented Class C on the Section III football committee.
Office Phone: 315-859-4867
Recruiting areas: California (Los Angeles), Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, New York (Sections 7, 10), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington D.C.
Matt Wright is in his sixth year as an assistant football coach at Hamilton College. Wright works with the offensive line and serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. He was an assistant at Plattsburgh High School in New York from 2005 to 2007.
Wright was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Plattsburgh's varsity in 2007. He was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the junior varsity the previous year.
Wright played for perennial Division III power Ithaca College for two years after he graduated from Plattsburgh in 2001. He earned a degree in clinical exercise science from Ithaca.
Office Phone: 315-859-4907
Josh Miller is in his first year with the Hamilton College coaching staff as the defensive coordinator. Miller will also work with the secondary. Before coming to Clinton he spent five seasons at Alfred University, including three as the program's head junior varsity coach. Miller's responsibilities with the Saxons included coaching the linebackers, defensive linemen and defensive backs.
During Miller's time at Alfred, the Saxons made two NCAA championship appearances (2009, 2010) and played in three Eastern College Athletic Conference postseason games (2011-13). He coached players who earned all-conference recognition seven times, all-region accolades twice and All-America honors once. In 2013, Alfred's defense ranked 16th in Division III in turnovers forced and fifth in interceptions thanks in part to Miller.
Miller graduated from St. Lawrence University, where he played four seasons for the Saints. He started at outside linebacker and made the Liberty League All-Academic Team three times. He earned his bachelor's degree in history and his master's degree is from Alfred.
Office Phone: 315-859-4763
Richard Puccio is in his first year with the Hamilton College coaching staff as offensive coordinator. Puccio came to the Continentals from Alfred University where he spent 10 seasons as the quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator with the Saxons. Alfred made 10 postseason appearances during that time, including NCAA championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. He helped the Saxons set 19 school records on offense.
Puccio was a record-setting quarterback at SUNY Cortland. He was named to the Football Gazette All-America Team in 1989 and was the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate New York Player of the Year as a senior. Puccio, who set 10 school records for the Red Dragons, was a two-time ECAC all-star. He received his bachelor's degree from Cortland and began his coaching career there under Hamilton head coach Dave Murray.
Puccio's coaching experience includes 10 years with the Rush-Henrietta Central School program, including four as the Royal Comets' head coach. A 2005 inductee into the New York State Section V Football Hall of Fame, Puccio earned his master's degree from SUNY Brockport. He and his wife Debra have two children, Allison and Joseph.