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Posted: September 1st, 2017

Express Announce New Program Directors

Walpole, MA  - The Walpole Express today appointed Todd Stirling, Tom Murphy, and Danielle Doherty new roles within the organization.

Todd Stirling

Todd StirlingTodd Stirling, a Medfield, MA native, has been elevated to the position of Director of Hockey Operations.

Owner Rob Barletta indicated that Todd's more than two decades of hockey experience make him the perfect person for the position, "From his 10 years in junior hockey coaching, to his scouting duties for the Ottawa Senators, Todd is the best qualified person to oversee the Express program on a day-to-day basis."

Todd played prep school hockey at Salisbury School before heading to Hobart College, where he was a 4-year letter winner in both hockey & baseball, captaining both sports his senior year, and gaining All-American status in baseball.

Stirling has spent the last 21 years building an impressive hockey resume. Stirling's hockey background includes coaching stints in youth hockey, college hockey, pro hockey and most recently junior hockey. In six seasons as a head coach in the junior hockey ranks, Stirling has successfully placed over 90 hockey players in NCAA Colleges, Tier I and Tier II USA Hockey junior programs. Currently, Stirling is an NHL scout with the Ottawa Senators.

Todd's elevation opens the door for UMass Boston Assistant Coach Tom Murphy to step into the role of Director of Player Development.

Tom Murphy

Tom MurphyNew Director of Player Development, Tom Murphy, has a resume that includes some impressive gigs.

"I have known 'Murph' for a long time, and am very excited to bring him into the organization," said owner Rob Barletta. "He brings a tremendous background in hockey which will help our program grow further."

"Murph" spent the past four season's as an assistant coach with the D3 UMass Boston men's hockey program, where during the 2015-16 season, he was part of a coaching staff that led the Beacon's to their first New England Hockey Conference Regular Season and Conference Tournament Titles since 1982 and helped the Beacons to their first-ever NCAA Frozen Four.  

Murphy spent over a decade coaching junior and youth hockey across the country. He has coached all over the southwest including eights years with the Tornado over two separate stints, leading them to four Robertson Cup titles in the North American Hockey League. Tom also spent time with the Wichita Falls Wildcats (NAHL), the University of Oklahoma club ice hockey team and the Walpole Stars.

In addition to stints at the junior and collegiate level, Murphy has spent past five years working with USA Hockey at various levels. He has worked with the USA Hockey Selected Under-16 team since 2009, in addition to stints with the USA Hockey Select Under-14 team and positions with the Rocky Mountain District and Northern Plains District branches of the USA Hockey program. 

"I'm very excited to be a part of a first class organization with top notch families and coaches. I'm looking forward to working with the players and coaches on a regular basis," said Murhpy. "Thanks to Rob Barletta for this great opportunity. I can't wait to get sarted."

A 1993 graduate of Curry College, Murphy earned his Masters of Science in Education from Curry in 1999.

Danielle Doherty

Danielle DohertyExpress owner Rob Barletta said today, "With Danielle's [D1] playing experience and her [junior] coaching experience I could not be more excited to announce Danielle as our Girls Hockey Director for the Walpole Express."

Danielle is a skilled forward from Newton, Mass. who played D1 hockey for the Boston College Eagles. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Human Development in May 2014 and holds her master’s in Special Education.

While at BC, she went to the Frozen Four in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015; won the Beanpot Championship in 2011 and 2014; captured the Hockey East Championship in 2011, and won the Hockey East Regular Season Title in 2014 and 2015.

Prior to matriculating at BC, Doherty played one year for Newton North High School and then four years for Lawrence Academy, where she was varsity hockey captain and All-League selection in 2009-2010. Earlier in her playing career she won two national championships – in 2007 and 2008 – with Assabet Valley. An all-around athlete, Doherty also played varsity field hockey from 2006-2009 (2007 and 2008 Honorable Mention, 2008 New England champion and 2009 All-League and team captain), as well as varsity softball (2007 Honorable Mention) and varsity lacrosse.

"This is my third year with the Walpole Express organization and I love my current job as Head Coach of the Women’s Junior Team," said Doherty. "Growing up in Massachusetts, I played for a few different youth programs, all of which shaped me into the player and coach that I am today. Some of my best memories were when I played youth hockey, and that is why I am very excited to extend my role within the organization as the newly appointed Walpole Express Girls Youth Hockey Director."

In her new role, Danielle plans to have an impact on her players, "I want to give these youth girls an experience like my coaches gave me at that age, by being a role model that they can look up to and learn from. I have so many new ideas and am eager to see what the year brings!"

She brings hard-work, experience, keen hockey sense and boundless enthusiasm to the program. Danielle will remain at the helm of the Express' Eastern Women's Hockey Conference team in addition to her new duties.