Two-time World champion and Olympic silver medal winning skip David Murdoch was appointed as British Curling’s National Coach – now Olympic Head Coach - at the start of the Beijing 2022 Olympiad in September 2018. Murdoch, who hails from the curling hotbed of Lockerbie, turned his attention to full time coaching in 2017 as a consultant coach to the programme that had supported his extremely successful curling career, during which he gained experience and enjoyed success all over the world. The culmination of that globetrotting career saw him skip Team GB to the final at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and prior to that he had led Scotland to world title wins in the United States in 2006 and Canada in 2009 - beating Canada in both finals - as well as three European Championships in Italy in 2003, Germany in 2007 and Sweden in 2008.
Having also enjoyed success in the junior ranks, winning his first World Championship gold at the age of just 16 on home ice in Perth in 1995 before being part of the team that successfully defended that title in Canada the following year, he completed a haul of seven senior national titles 22 years later, before embarking on his coaching career. He landed the prestigious post of overseeing the Olympic programme and coaching team at the start of the current cycle.
He boasts a strong coaching pedigree with sister Nancy Smith, also working as a performance coach on the British Curling programme, having previously been the Olympic women’s coach at Vancouver in 2010, while his mother Marion MBE, is also a coach who played a significant role in developing the careers of Olympians Anna Sloan and Claire Hamilton. David’s brother Neil is also a former European champion curler.
Murdoch campaigned for the creation of the National Curling Academy (NCA) in the full knowledge that he would not be one of the beneficiaries as a player, but unaware it would eventually become his workplace in Stirling, the town he and wife Stephanie made their home a decade ago and in which their daughters Grace and Madeleine were born.
Since then, overseeing the future generation of Olympians, he has coached Team Mouat to a European Championship title win in 2018, having helped them win a bronze medal at the World Championships earlier that year; Team Muirhead to a European silver medal in 2019; and Team Paterson to a European Championship bronze medal in 2019.
Murdoch’s global standing was recognised when he was invited to coach Team World at the Ryder Cup-style Continental Cup in 2019, leading them to a first victory over Team North America since 2012 and in 2020, after the competition’s mixed four-day format had been overhauled, he led Team Europe to victory over Team Canada by a comprehensive 37.5 - 22.5 margin.
Before taking on his coaching role, Murdoch commentated on curling for Eurosport and Channel 4, as well as writing a column for The Herald. In 2016 his knowledge and expertise in the sport was further acknowledged when he was elected to the World Curling Federation Athlete Commission.
Leading the coaching team and overseeing the player pathway from Academy, Foundation to elite level, David is also a key member of the organisation’s senior leadership team.