Rob Murphy (basketball)

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Rob Murphy
Rob Murphy in 2009.jpg
Murphy in 2009.
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Eastern Michigan
Conference MAC
Biographical details
Born (1972-09-19) September 19, 1972 (age 44)
Detroit, Michigan
Playing career
1992–1996 Central State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1998 Detroit Central HS (associate)
1998–2002 Crockett Technical HS
2002–2004 Kent State (asst.)
2004–2011 Syracuse (asst.)
2011–present Eastern Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall 107-97 (.525)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC West Division champions (2012)
MAC Coach of the Year (2012)

Robert Lewis Murphy Sr. (born September 19, 1972)[1][2] is the head men's basketball coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles who has been with Eastern Michigan since April 2011.


Murphy played on Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio from 1992–96 and was a two-time team captain for the Division II program. He was also named the Marauders' Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.[3]

High school coaching career[edit]

After graduating from Central State, Murphy was hired as an associate head coach at Detroit Central High School from 1996–98. After the team reached the state finals his first year, Detroit Central won a Class A state title in 1998.[3]

Murphy was then hired as head coach at Crockett Technical High School in Detroit. Among his players was Maurice Ager, who was the first-round draft choice of the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy had an overall record of 64–20 at Crockett Technical and was named Detroit Free Press All-Metro Coach of the Year after his club won the Class B state championship in 2001.[3]

College coaching career[edit]

Murphy joined Kent State in 2002 as an assistant coach. The Golden Flashes were 21–10 overall and 12–6 in the Mid-American Conference in 2002–03. Kent State reached the final of the MAC Tournament Championship and earned an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament.[3] Murphy was instrumental in the recruitment of Antonio Gates to Kent State in which Gates led the Flashes to the Elite 8. Murphy coached Gates at Detroit Central HS and Kent State.

Following the 2004 season, when Syracuse Orange assistant coach Troy Weaver left for a coaching position with the Utah Jazz, Murphy was hired by the Orange. Murphy's known for developing to versatile forward position with the Orange. Some of the players tutored include Hakim Warrick, Terrence Roberts.[3]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

In his debut season (2011) with Eastern Michigan, Rob Murphy guided the Eagles to a first ever MAC-West championship along with being named 2012 MAC coach of the year. During the 2013–14 season, Murphy guided Eastern to its first 20-win season since 1997–98 (18 years), while also sending the Eagles to their first postseason tournament (the Tournament) since '97–98. Rob Murphy Named Ben Jobe Award Finalist for the 2013/14 season.[4] Murphy guided his EMU Eagles to a win over Michigan December 9th 2014.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Eastern Michigan (MAC) (2011–present)
2011–12 Eastern Michigan 14–18 9–7 1st (West)
2012–13 Eastern Michigan 16–18 7–9 4th (West)
2013–14 Eastern Michigan 22–15 10–8 3rd (West) CIT 2nd Round
2014–15 Eastern Michigan 21–14 8–10 T–4th (West) CBI 1st Round
2015–16 Eastern Michigan 18–15 9–9 T–3rd (West)
2016–17 Eastern Michigan 16–17 7–11 4th (West)
Eastern Michigan: 107–97 (.525) 50–54 (.516)
Total: 107–97 (.525)

      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


  1. ^ NCAA database search of Rob Murphy under coach
  2. ^ "New Orangeman". September 25, 2007. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Syracuse University Athletics". Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^

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