DRACUT — Ayer native Jordan Murphy was named last Friday afternoon as the new head varsity football coach at Dracut High School.

Murphy, who grew up in Ayer but graduated from Dracut High in 2009, played on the Middies’ 2008 Super Bowl championship team coached by his uncle, Pat Murphy.

He went on to play football as a 6-2, 245-pound tight end for Division 1 Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he earned his bachelor of arts and master’s degrees.

Murphy was born in Ayer and attended Ayer High School as a freshman and sophomore, Dracut High as a junior and senior, then Bridgton Academy for a year before heading to Daytona Beach.

Murphy replaces Jay Rivers, who stepped down recently after five years as Dracut head coach. He is no relation to the late Ed Murphy, the legendary longtime Dracut High School coach.

Jordan Murphy’s coaching experience includes a stint as assistant director of football operations at Bethune-Cookman. He has also coached at the high school level.

“We are excited that Jordan Murphy will be joining the Middies athletic program as our varsity head football coach,” said DHS Principal Richard Manley. “Coach Murphy is a former Middie who knows our school, our athletic programs, our traditions, and our aspirations for our student-athletes.”