Coach Pat Murphy is in the midst of an illustrious NCAA Baseball coaching career amassing 1,000 coaching victories; achieving this milestone by the age of 50 making him only the 3rd coach in history to do so. He has averaged over 40 wins per season, and if he continues at that pace he could become college baseball’s all-time winningest coach in just 15 more seasons.
The Early Years
Before making a name for himself at Notre Dame and Arizona State, Murphy spent numerous years in the collegiate ranks as both a player and asssistant coach. He gained his collegiate experience as a pitcher at Florida Atlantic University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Murphy played catcher, infield and pitched for FAU’s inaugural team. In 2007, he was selected to the Florida Atlantic University Hall of Fame.
After college, Murphy signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants in 1982. His four-year professional career included stints in the Giants and San Diego Padres organization, along with two independent clubs.
Murphy began his collegiate head coaching career at Maryville (Tenn.) College, leading the Division III Fighting Scots to their best record in 10 years during his first and only season in 1983. He then returned to FAU to serve as an assistant coach. During his two-year stay, FAU compiled an 84-30 record and was consistently ranked among the Top 10 Division II teams in teams in the nation.
During the summer of 1984, Murphy embarked on his first international experience, helping devleop baseball in Australia as a state manager in New South Wales. (In the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney he coached the Dutch team)
In 1986, Murphy signed on as head coach at California’s Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. In his first year as head coach, Murphy piloted Claremont to a 24-16 record, earning the program its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in 11 years. Murphy was named the West Region’s Division III Coach of the Year as the Stags finished the year ranked 10th in the nation.