Jack Murphy (basketball)

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Jack Murphy
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Northern Arizona
Conference Big Sky
Record 63–101 (.384)
Biographical details
Born (1979-07-25) July 25, 1979 (age 37)
Las Vegas, Nevada
Alma mater Arizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2006 Arizona (dir. of operations)
2006–2009 Denver Nuggets (asst.)
2009–2012 Memphis (asst.)
2012–present Northern Arizona
Head coaching record
Overall 63–101 (.384)

Jack Murphy (born July 25, 1979) is currently the head men's basketball coach at Northern Arizona University.[1] Previously, he had been an assistant with the University of Memphis.

Prior to serving on the Memphis staff, Murphy was an advance scout and video coordinator for the Denver Nuggets of the 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]

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
Northern Arizona: 63–101 (.384) 42–52 (.447)
Total: 63–101 (.384)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion