Chris Murphy, one of the finest guards in Union College men’s basketball history, will be the Dutchmen’s new head coach, athletic director Jim McLaughlin announced Friday.
Murphy, a native of Hastings-on-Hudson, becomes the 21st head coach in Union men’s basketball history.
Murphy returns to Union after serving as an assistant at Emory University since July 2009. In his four seasons with Emory, he helped the program to an overall record of 74-28 (73 percent winning percentage).
Last season’s squad tied for first in the University Athletic Association with a 10-4 record (20-7 overall), the program’s first league top finish since 1989-90. It was also the program’s first NCAA playoff appearance since that season.
In 2010-11, the Eagles finished 20-5, the first 20-win campaign since 1989-90. In addition, Emory finished second in the UAA with an 11-3 record, the second-highest league win total in school history.
In his first season with the Eagles’ staff in 2009-10, Murphy helped guide the team to 15 victories. Murphy, head coach Jason Zimmerman and fellow assistant Ben Wright were named the 2009-10 UAA
Co-Coaching Staff of the Year, and they received that honor again in 2012-13 .
Murphy began his coaching career at Iona Prep in 2006-07 and joined the Union College coaching staff in 2008-09 as an assistant for two seasons under Bob Montana.
“Chris Murphy was an outstanding student-athlete for Union College, and we are extremely pleased that he will begin his head coaching career at his alma mater,” said McLaughlin. “Chris was considered a ‘coach on the court’ for the Dutchmen. He also played a key role in the success of Emory’s program, and we look forward to him drawing on that coaching experience.”
“I am truly humbled and excited for this opportunity,” said Murphy. “I thank Jason Zimmerman for the experiences during the past four seasons at Emory, Bob Montana, for the opportunities he’s given me as both a player and coach, and Mr. McLaughlin and the search committee for their efforts in this process. I look forward to continuing the winning tradition at Union and developing our student-athletes on and off the court.”
Murphy had an outstanding four-year career at Union and served as captain of the team in his senior season. The Dutchmen won 71 games in his four seasons and won ECAC and Liberty League championships.
Murphy became the sixth Union player to record 300 career assists and averaged over 4.0 assists in his career. He was the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2004-05.
In his final season, 2005-06, Murphy led the Dutchmen with an average of 4.78 assists per game. Murphy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Union in May 2006. He obtained a Masters of Business Administration the spring of 2009.