Pat Murphy (baseball coach)

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Pat Murphy
Born: (1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 55)
Syracuse, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Patrick T. Murphy (born November 28, 1958 in Syracuse, New York) is the manager of the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team, the class Triple-A (baseball) affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Pacific Coast League. He is a former head baseball coach at Arizona State University and Notre Dame.

Playing career[edit]

Murphy played baseball at Florida Atlantic University where he played catcher, infield and pitched. He was honored on FAU's 20th Anniversary Team as a pitcher and utility player and in 2008 was inducted into the school's Baseball Hall of Fame.

Murphy signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants in 1982 and had a four-year career with the Giants, San Diego Padres and two independent clubs before beginning his coaching career.

Coaching career[edit]

Notre Dame (1988-1994)[edit]

Murphy was hired by the University of Notre Dame on July 11, 1987.[1]

Murphy guided the Irish to a 318-116-1 (.732) record in South Bend, including consecutive trips to NCAA regional finals in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Arizona State University (1995-2009)[edit]

At Arizona State Murphy won the Pac-10 championship in 2000 and consecutive Pac-10 championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Twice in that same decade, Murphy had teams finish in the Top 3 in the country; a feat matched by only ten other schools. Murphy's ASU teams were consistently present in the national Top 25, including a streak of 100 consecutive weeks in the polls that lasted from 2000 until the middle of 2005. Murphy led the Sun Devils to the postseason for nine straight seasons and 11 of 12. His teams set an NCAA record of not being shut out in 506 consecutive games between 1995 and 2004, shattering the previous streak of 349.[2]

Murphy is the youngest collegiate coach to reach 500 career victories.[when?][citation needed]

In 1998, he won Baseball America's Coach of the Year award and was Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times (2000, 2007, 2008 and 2009). He led ASU to the College World Series four times (1998, 2005, 2007, 2009).

Murphy was forced to resign from Arizona State on November 20, 2009, while the baseball program was under investigation.[3] The NCAA's investigation found Murphy innocent of violations regarding student-athlete employment and recruiting, reprimanding him solely for treating investigators with a "cavalier attitude". The Arizona State Athletics Department was ruled guilty for a Lack of Institutional Control charge, however, subsequently resulting in the baseball program being sanctioned and banned from postseason play in the 2012 season, as the ASU Athletic Department was a repeat offender.[4]

Murphy's career record at ASU was 629-284-1.

San Diego Padres (2010-present)[edit]

In February 2010, Murphy was hired by the San Diego Padres as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.[5] Murphy skippered the Padres' Northwest League affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, as their manager for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, dominating competition on the way to consecutive league-best overall season records.[6] While in Eugene, Coach Murphy compiled an impressive 93-47 record (.664 pct).


  1. ^ Murphy to coach the Irish
  2. ^ Policar, R. (2008). Devils. New York, NY: Professional Sports Publications.
  3. ^ ASU baseball coach Pat Murphy was forced to resign or be fired
  4. ^ Stires, Sean (5 November 2011). "NCAA Upholds Arizona State Baseball Sanctions". Archived from the original on 2012-07-03. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Fired ASU coach Murphy hired by Padres at
  6. ^ Emeralds Drop Season Finale

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