Jack Murphy (basketball)

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Jack Murphy
Current position
TitleAssociate head coach
Biographical details
Born (1979-07-25) July 25, 1979 (age 39)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Alma materArizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006Arizona (dir. of operations)
2006–2009Denver Nuggets (assistant)
2009–2012Memphis (assistant)
2012–2019Northern Arizona
2019–presentArizona (AHC)
Head coaching record
Tournaments4–1 (CIT)

Jack Murphy (born July 25, 1979) is an American basketball coach and associate head coach of the Arizona Wildcats of the NCAA.[1] Previously, he had been an assistant at University of Memphis.

Prior to serving on the Memphis staff, Murphy was an advance scout and video coordinator for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Murphy served in several roles at Arizona from 1998 to 2006, beginning as a student manager and eventually moving to recruiting coordinator, video analyst, and director of operations.[1] During this time, he worked with current Memphis head coach Josh Pastner on the staff of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson. In Murphy's time at Arizona, the Wildcats made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national championship game in 2001. Arizona also posted 20 or more wins in each of Murphy's eight years with the program.[2]

After being promoted to Director of Basketball Operations at Arizona in 2006, Murphy was hired by the Nuggets, where he provided scouting information on upcoming opponents, as well as organizing off-season workout sessions for players. During his time at Arizona and Denver, Murphy developed relationships with many current NBA stars, including Gilbert Arenas, Luke Walton, Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Marcus Camby, Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin.[3][4]

Murphy was hired by Memphis on June 3, 2009.[5]

On April 12, 2012, Murphy was announced as the new head coach at Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks were coming off a disastrous 2011–12 season which saw their head coach resign in December and ended with a 16-game losing streak.[1]

Murphy left Northern Arizona on June 2 to become the top assistant at his alma mater of Arizona, leaving NAU with a 78–149 record in 7 seasons. The Lumberjacks named assistant Burcar as interim head coach for the 2019–20 season.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (Big Sky Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Northern Arizona 11–21 8–12 6th
2013–14 Northern Arizona 15–17 12–8 T–2nd
2014–15 Northern Arizona 23–15 13–5 T–3rd CIT Runner-up
2015–16 Northern Arizona 5–25 3–15 T–11th
2016–17 Northern Arizona 9–23 6–12 10th
2017–18 Northern Arizona 5–27 2–16 12th
2018–19 Northern Arizona 10–21 8–12 T–8th
Northern Arizona: 78–149 (.344) 52–80 (.394)
Total: 78–149 (.344)


  1. ^ a b c Associated Press (April 12, 2012). "N. Arizona hires Jack Murphy". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Player Bio: Jack Murphy
  3. ^ Jack Murphy Joins Coaching Staff
  4. ^ http://www.gotigersgo.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/mem/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/CoachMurphyBio
  5. ^ USAToday: Memphis hires Jack Murphy as assistant coach
  6. ^ "NAU head coach Murphy joins staff at Arizona". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 2, 2019. Retrieved June 3, 2019.

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