Brian Murphy was named head coach of the Tribe baseball program in December, 2013, and enters his fourth season as the Tribe's head coach. It will be his fifth season in Williamsburg, after spending one season as the Tribe's top assistant coach.
Coach Murphy spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg about the 2016 season, which will go down as one of the most memorable seasons in program history. Down 8-1 in what looked like its final at-bat of the season, the Tribe answered with seven runs in the ninth and sparked a two-week run for the ages. Following a 27-hour rain delay, W&M went on to win the first CAA Championship game in 12 innings. When all was said and done the Green and Gold won six elimination games against Northeastern, College of Charleston, UNCW (twice), Bryant, and Virginia. Murphy was named VaSID Coach of the Year for his effort.
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.
In his first season as the Tribe's coach, 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, earning him CAA Coach of the Year honors.
While still a hitting coach in 2013, Murphy 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, MA, native spent three seasons with Brown University before joining William and Mary. While at Brown, Murphy served as the Bears' recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. From 2006-09, he was an assistant at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he was the recruiting director for the Bulldogs.
He played college baseball at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, 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 lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Karen, and son, Connor.
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