Brian Murphy was named head coach of the Tribe baseball program on Dec. 3, 2013, and enters his second season as the Tribe's head coach. It will be his third season in Williamsburg, after spending one season as the Tribe's top assistant coach.
In his first season as the Tribe’s headman, Murphy wasted little time making his presence known. He led the program to 34 victories, its third straight 30-plus win season, and to the program’s first-ever regular season Colonial Athletic Association title. For his efforts, he was named the CAA Coach of the Year. In addition, the Tribe advanced to the CAA title game for the second straight season. As a team, the Tribe batted .310, while it led the country with a 149 doubles. The Green and Gold also ranked in the top in the country in runs (452), homers (55) and RBIs (33). Individually, he helped guide junior Michael Katz to a breakout season, in which he was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, while garnering numerous all-America honors. The Tribe also had 11 players recognized with all-conference awards including Katz, who was CAA Player of the Year. Katz along with Nick Thompson and Ryan Lindemuth each inked professional contracts following the regular season.
Murphy, who oversaw the Tribe hitters in 2013, helped the Green and Gold to its most successful season in school history. The Tribe won a school record 39 games, garnered its first at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament and won games in a regional for the first time. Offensively, the Green and Gold finished with a combined .290 batting average, 110 doubles, six triples, and 17 home runs.
The Easton Mass. native, who enters his second season with the Tribe baseball program, after spending three-seasons at Ivy League school Brown.
While at Brown, Murphy served as the Bears recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. During his three-year tenure in Providence, R.I., Murphy mentored 10 All-Ivy League selections.
Prior to his time with the Bears, Murphy was an assistant at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., (2006-09) where he was the recruiting director for the Bulldogs. His on the field responsibilities at Bryant included overseeing the catchers, outfielders and batting. In 2008, he was a member of a Bulldog squad that captured the Northeast-10 Championship. His tenure at Bryant was highlighted by 132 victories, two NCAA Tournament Regional final appearances and a school-record 42 wins in 2008. At the plate, Bryant improved every season in batting average and runs per game under Murphy's tutelage.
In 2004 and 2005, Murphy served as an assistant at Wheaton College in Norton, Ma. While coaching at Wheaton, Murphy's coaching engagement centered on the Lyons' hitting approach and catchers. The Lyons captured two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) titles and made it all the way to the 2005 NCAA New England Regional finals during Murphy's two seasons.
Murphy has summer coaching experience in the Cape Cod League and the Northwoods League. Murphy served as the hitting coach for the CCBL's Hyannis Mets during the summers of 2005 and 2006. In 2008, he was the Head Coach of the Battle Creek (MI) Bombers of the Northwoods League.
He played collegiately at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., where he was the team captain in 2003. Murphy earned a degree in business management from Merrimack in 2003 and a Master's Degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Murphy resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Karen, and son, Connor (2).