Julie Murphy Krisanic 1989
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Julie Murphy Krisanic - 1989 - Red Knight Distinguished Alum 

Incarnate Word Academy has been blessed with many talented soccer players, especially when it comes to the position of goalie. However, when Julie Murphy walked through the doors of IWA, we found one of our best. Julie was not a star right away. She had to patiently wait her turn. But when her turn came, she certainly made the most of it. Julie was the goalie for the 1989 soccer team that won the first state soccer championship in the school’s history. While the team had a plethora of talent all over the field, the defense stood out, and that defense started with the goalie. Julie set a national record for shutouts by a goalie when she achieved 23 in one season. This stellar performance brought her much post-season acclaim. She was voted for all conference honors and chosen for the North squad in the Suburban Journal All Star Soccer game. 

However, this was only the beginning. After high school Julie matriculated to Florissant Valley Junior College where she continued to stand out. During the 1990 season, Julie was one of the captains who helped lead her team to the 1990 NJCAA National Championship. She was named the 1990 Adidas Golden Goalkeeper of the Year and  voted to the All American team. Besides being a star on the field, Julie was a star in the classroom. She was voted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society for students who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education and was also chosen to be a member of  Phi Theta Kappa. 

After graduating from Florissant Valley, Julie showed her pioneer spirit by joining Butler University’s first women’s soccer team. She was their starting goalie for the 1991 and the 1992 seasons and continued to display her great leadership qualities by being named captain of the team. Julie graduated from Butler in 1993 with a degree in Secondary Education and received her Masters degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology from Indiana University.  Butler recognized Julie’s skill and knowledge by hiring her to be an assistant coach from 1993-95. From 1995-97, she was an assistant coach at the University of Missouri. Julie is now a certified cardiac device specialist and, along with her husband Chris, is focused on raising their sons Jack and Gus.