Mike Murphy was hired in July 2009 and has spent the last nine years as head coach of the Penn men’s lacrosse program.
Murphy's tenure has coincided with an upswing in the program's fortunes. Penn has made a pair of NCAA Championship appearances under Murphy, in 2011 and 2014, and hosted its 2014 first-round game with Drexel which was the Quakers' first NCAA home game since 1988. Penn was the fourth seed in the 2014 NCAA Championship, its highest seed since the 1988 semifinal team.
Penn also has made the postseason Ivy League Tournament six of the last eight years, winning the tourney title in 2014 with victories over Cornell and host Harvard. The Quakers' other appearances came in 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2018. In Ivy regular-season play, Penn has gone 4-2 three times (2011, 2014, 2016); prior to Murphy's arrival, the program went 4-2 in Ivy play just once from 1990-2010.
Under Murphy, Penn has had 12 first-team All-Ivy players in the last eight seasons, after just four during the entire decade of the 2000s (prior to Murphy's arrival). In 2016, two Quakers freshmen shared the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award -- attackman Simon Mathias and goalie Reed Junkin -- the first time a Penn player was so honored since 1997. In addition, Murphy has had six of his players drafted by Major League Lacrosse in the last four years -- Zack Losco (Charlotte Hounds) in 2014, Joe McCallion (Denver Outlaws) and Matt McMahon (Ohio Machine) in 2015, and Nick Doktor (Charlotte Hounds) in 2016, and Connor Keating (Denver Outlaws) and Kevin McGeary (Boston Cannons) in 2018.Read More
Casey Ikeda was hired in July 2015 and enters his third season with the University of Pennsylvania lacrosse programs as an assistant coach in 2017-18.
2017 marked a season which included another trip back to the Ivy League Tournament during Ikeda’s tenure, where the Quakers faced No. 1 seed and host Yale in the semifinals. The contest marked the second-longest game in Penn history, a dramatic quadruple overtime affair that saw the Red and Blue fall to the Bulldogs, 13-12. Penn posted two wins over Virginia during the course of the season which ended with a 7-6 overall record and 3-3 mark in Ivy games (tied for 4th in the conference), and saw their ranking climb as high as No. 8 in the USILA poll. Six players earned All-Ivy status for their performances under Ikeda’s tutelage, including two first team members, one second team selection, and three honorable mention honorees.
The 2018 campaign was highlighted by a victory over #1 Duke at Franklin Field in February and a second consecutive trip to the Ivy League Tournament. Penn spent several seasons in the national rankings and Keating was named an All-American for the third time, the first three-time awardee since 1985.
Ikeda -- who grew up in nearby Berwyn, Pa. -- came to Penn following a standout playing career at the University of Maryland, where he was captain in 2015 when the Terps advanced to the NCAA Division I national championship game. Ikeda was a first-team USILA All-America and a USILA Scholar All-America as a senior, when he was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. A member of four Terp teams that advanced to the NCAA’s Championship Weekend, Ikeda ended his career with 50 consecutive starts.Read More
Mike Abbott was hired in July 2018 and enters his first year as an assistant coach overseeing the Penn men’s lacrosse offensive unit.
Abbott came to Penn after spending seven years at Colgate where he oversaw three of the eight most prolific scoring seasons in the Raiders program’s 87-year history. In 2017, Abbott’s final season on staff, Colgate scored 178 goals in 15 games, an average of 11.9 goals per game which is sixth in program history.
Abbott began his career at Colgate as an assistant coach prior to the 2012 season, and was promoted to Associate Head Coach following the 2015 season.
“I am very excited to add Coach Abbott to our staff,” said Penn head coach Mike Murphy at the time of Abbott’s hiring. “The programmatic success he had at Colgate, especially the offensive production, speaks for itself. In addition, Mike’s ability to connect with his players was an important factor in this decision, as well as his appreciation for the importance of keeping things fun. Coach Abbott also did a great job recruiting at Colgate, as well as overseeing their face-offs. He appreciates the challenges of our student-athletes, and is excited to help our players become the best they can be and help our program pursue our lofty goals. I could not be more excited about Mike Abbott joining our Penn Lacrosse family.”Read More
Dave Page is in his second season with the University of Pennsylvania men’s lacrosse team and first as an assistant coach. He spent the 2017-18 season as the program's video coordinator.
Prior to making the move to Penn, Page worked as an assistant coach at Ursinus College where he served as the offensive coordinator, goalie coach, and recruiting coordinator. He was responsible for preparing game film and scouting reports, coordinating the strength and conditioning program, and helping student-athletes with academic guidance and reporting. During his time with the Bears, Page expanded recruiting from regional to national in scope, bringing in 28 student-athletes from over 15 states. Additionally, he expanded recruiting efforts from regional to national in scale and attracted student-athletes from across the country in both traditional and non-traditional hot beds.
In addition to his experience in the college ranks, Page serves as a coach and director with the Dukes Lacrosse Club where he trains goalkeepers on a year-round basis. He holds a similar role with The Goalie School/Nike Lacrosse Camps and was named Director of Coaching for bi-coastal goalie camps beginning in 2015. Furthermore, Page is also the owner/founder of Foundation Lacrosse that caters to goalie training of all ages and levels. He began his post-collegiate career with Lacrosse Evolution where was responsible for the day-to-day operations and marketing of sport camps and events.Read More