Coach Pat Murphy is considered one of the most successful NCAA Baseball coaches. Over a 27 year career, Murphy was the youngest coach to earn 500 victories and is one of only three coaches to reach 1,000 wins by the age of 50. Murphy has averaged over 40 wins per season and is on pace to become the winningest coach in NCAA history. Murphy is widely recognized for his strong leadership style and standard of excellence he established both on the field and in the classroom in his programs at The University of Notre Dame and Arizona State University.
In 1988, Murphy took over a Notre Dame program with limited resources and transformed the Fighting Irish into a nationally prominent program. Murphy guided the Irish to the regional finals in three consecutive seasons, averaging 46 wins a year and was one win away from the 1994 College World Series. Murphy brought national attention to the Notre Dame baseball team and rejuvenated the Irish program, resulting in the construction of a new 3,000-seat stadium in the fall of 1993.
In 1995, Murphy became the third head coach in Arizona State history, winning 629 games in 15 seasons. During his tenure at ASU, Murphy established himself as one of college baseball’s premier coaches earning National Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and four Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards. Under Murphy’s leadership, the Sun Devil program finished in the top 10 five times over the past seven seasons and in the top five three of the past five years.
Murphy is presently working for the San Diego Padres as a Minor League Manager for the Eugene Emeralds.