Dr. Alan Murdoch
Class of 2019
Founding Member of the ACHA
Founding Member of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League, Men’s Division 1
Head Coach& General Manager: Iowa State University, Men’s Division 1 (1969-2014)
ACHA President, (1991-1992)
ACHA Men’s Division 1 Vice President (1999-2001)
Dr. Alan Murdoch’s commitment and contributions to the development of ACHA hockey and college hockey are vast. He founded the Iowa State University Men’s Hockey program in 1969, and for the next 44 years helped create and sustain a program that became the template for many that came after. Alan also started a women’s program and men’s JV team, both which grew into ACHA programs.
During his time with the Cyclone program, Murdoch amassed a record of 1071-521-46. The win total is the most of any collegiate hockey coach. Iowa State won the Inaugural Men’s Division 1 National Championship in 1992. The team was also National Runner Up three times (1996, 1997, & 2010). In 1993, the Men’s Division 1 National Championship Cup was named the “Murdoch Cup” to honor his contributions to the ACHA.
“Al” as he known by all, is continually working to raise the profile of the ACHA. He spent decades being involved in USA Hockey, serving on various committees for the organization, and being the ACHA rep to the USAH for many years. Dr. Murdoch was instrumental in getting ACHA players to represent the United States in the World University Games. Alan was the first Head Coach of Team USA to go to the games in 2001. USA Hockey has recognized his contributions by awarding him the Adult Member of the Year in 2012 and with the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to USA Hockey in 2019.