Brian Murphy was named head coach of the Tribe baseball program on Dec. 3, 2013, and enters his third season as the Tribe's head coach. It will be his fourth season in Williamsburg, after spending one season as the Tribe's top assistant coach.
Murphy helped the Tribe to 22 victories in 2015, and to the program's third consecutive CAA Baseball Tournament, which is tied for the longest streak in program history. Under his guidance six Tribe baseball players were selected to All-Colonial Athletic Association Awards, including juniors Charley Gould and Ryan Hissey, who earned first-team honors. Gould also received national recognition as semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. W&M's pipeline to pros also continued as Hissey was drafted in the 14th round of 2015 MLB Draft. Murphy also help tutor senior starting pitcher Jason Inghram, who set the school’s all-time wins mark (26), and also became the second pitcher in program history to record more than 300 strikeouts.
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 fourth 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 (3).
Murphy's Career Record
||34-22, 15-5 CAA
||CAA Coach of the Year; CAA Championship Game Appearance
||22-30, 10-14 CAA
||6th seed in CAA Tournament
||56-52 (.519), 25-19 CAA (.568)