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Name: Stephen Murray

Role: Director/Head Consultant

Hometown: Kilkenny, Ireland

College Education: Lambuth University, Tennessee

Degree: Business and Sports Management

Stephen Murray is responsible for the recruitment of students in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Stephen graduated from Lambuth University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sports Management. He played collegiate soccer in Tennessee from 2001 to 2005 at Lambuth University, Tennessee where he was a four-time All-Conference selection and a two-time All American. During his College Career Murray played for Memphis Express and Nashville Metros in the PDL where he was on the All-Southern Conference Team of the Year. 


Following University, Murray also played professionally in the USA with the USL Division One side Wilmington Hammerheads and played and coached in the Croatian League with NK Junak Sinj in the First Division. Stephen held numerous coaching roles and worked alongside some very experienced coaches throughout his time in America. Most notably in 2009 Stephen was on the coaching staff for NJCAA Triton College based in Illinois, where he was the assistant coach and helped lead the team to the National Tournament Final where they were beaten by Herkimer College. 


Since that time, Stephen has coached in Northern Ireland with the County Tyrone Super Cup NI Team and most recently has being appointed as the Head Coach for Glentoran Women's Team who have won all major domestic Cups and compete in the Champions League. 

Stephen has been a Senior Consultant for the last eight years and has helped over 500 players from Ireland attain a US Soccer Scholarship worth in excess of $10 million. Having being involved in organising Tour events to the USA since 2016, Stephen’s reputation amongst College Coaches and Universities in America makes him well established in the industry, which he now looks to take forward with SMUSA for the foreseeable future in a more bespoke service.


“We’ll be bringing a more bespoke operation, where it’s a bit more personal with all of our clients. We’re not building this up based on having big numbers. Most people look at the scholarship option as a Plan B, with the idea of going professional, but if you want to get into an environment to get a good education, a good degree, but also play in a full-time environment and have everything at your disposal in regards to facilities, level of play, the climate, exposure, and everything that goes with that, this route is for you.”

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