Pre-Soccer: Brad Murphy was eliminated as head coach at Madison West resulting from ties to the membership crew in highschool soccer

Athletes belonging to a football club run by Madison West coach Brad Murphy completed a series of exercises at Penn Park last month.


Art Kabelowsky | Wisconsin State Journal

The Madison Metropolitan School District has posted a position for a head football coach at Madison West High School, meaning Brad Murphy has been sacked as the Regents’ coach.


Murphy was the head coach of the West Madison Club team, a non-school district program that is expected to play its fourth and final game on Friday in Milton. His work as a coach of the club team was a possible violation of the contact rules of the WIAA.

Murphy was hired in 2016 and went between 21 and 20 in four seasons at West without scoring the club team’s record.

Prior to the season, Murphy said he learned from MMSD administrators that he would likely be fired as a coach if he carried out his plans for the club team. The team, which consisted mostly of western students but hailed from each of the city’s four public high schools, struggled to find opponents who could handle a schedule of four games against schools outside the county.

The four public Madison High Schools were the only schools in the area that have decided not to participate in the usual fall 2020 soccer prep season or the seven-week fall alternate season that ends this weekend.

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Murphy ran into trouble attending an impromptu meeting at school that included an informal pickup soccer game on April 5, 2020. The gathering was a blatant violation of state Safer at Home regulations and school rules. He received a warning letter from the Madison law firm, but the school district later said the matter had been resolved.

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