Kelsey Murphy is in her third season as an Assistant Coach at Clemson. Head volleyball coach Jolene Jordan Hoover announced the addition of Murphy to her staff as an assistant coach on Jan. 6, 2011. Murphy was a three-time All-ACC selection as a setter for the Tigers from 2006-09.
"We're very happy to have Kelsey with our program," said Hoover. "I am so proud of what she has accomplished with her career. Having alumni come back is, in my mind, a fantastic compliment to our program. Alumni have such pride in the program and in the university, an understanding of the landscape and commitment that we have here."
Murphy, along with Clemson Hall of Fame alum, Jodi (Steffes) Welp comprise the coaching staff, and between them have six AVCA All-region honors, and seven All-ACC selections. Ironically, the two also attended the same high school, Providence Catholic High School.
Murphy, a native of New Lenox, IL, spent the 2010 season as a Graduate Assistant Coach with Tennessee Tech.
Clemson has won 20 or more matches in each of her first two seasons on the sidelines. Murphy helped guide Hannah Brenner to a 10.04 assists per set average, the most by a Tiger since she played in 2009. Brenner finished 5th in the conference in assists per set.
In her first season as an assistant (2011), she helped the team to a 20-12 overall record and a 12-8 mark in league play. Murphy handles many administrative duties and travel organization in addition to her on-court responsibilities.
Prior to her graduation in May of 2010, Murphy was a four-year starter for Hoover's Clemson team. She led Clemson to NCAA tournament appearances in each of her final three seasons, and was named All-ACC and AVCA All-Region in each of those seasons. She also guided the Tigers to an ACC Championship in 2007, and helped Clemson to the league's highest hitting percentage in two of her four seasons.
Murphy finished her career as the only player in ACC history with 5,000 assists, 1,000 digs, and 400 blocks in a career.
She married Drew Saberhagen, an assistant baseball coach at USC Upstate in January of 2013.