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FC Buffalo coach Brendan Murphy leaves for role with Rochester Rhinos

FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy has accepted a new role as goalkeeper coach for the Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League, the NPSL club announced Wednesday.

The FC Buffalo website now includes full statements from Murphy and assistant coach Bob Roach, which can be read here.

Murphy spent four years at the helm of the Wolves, leading the team to a 24-17-7 record and one playoff appearance. He will continue his duties as head coach of the D'Youville men's soccer program, but will no longer roam the sideline for FC Buffalo. Roach and fellow assistant Pat Pidgeon will also leave the NPSL club, tendering their resignations.

"I'm very proud to have worked with Coach Murphy and prouder to call him a friend," said FC Buffalo co-owner Scott Frauenhofer in a message. "The Rochester Rhinos have hired an excellent coach and a great ambassador for the team. I look forward to traveling to Rochester to support him and Coach Lilley's team."

Murphy was hired in November 2012 to replace previous head coach Dan Krzyzanowicz, and he immediately guided the Wolves to the NPSL Playoffs in 2013. FC Buffalo then lost to rival Erie in the Midwest Region Great Lakes Conference semifinals.

The club has not been back to the postseason since, despite missing out controversially in 2015, when Minnesota United Reserves forfeited a crucial match.

At St. Lawrence University in 1999, Murphy won an NCAA Division III national title as a goalkeeper - preserving an undefeated season - and later served as a goalkeeper coach for the University at Buffalo and, at the youth level, for Black Watch Premier. He's been the head coach at D'Youville for the last four seasons.

There has been no word yet on how FC Buffalo will approach the search for a new head coach.

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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