The Brooklyn, N.Y., native comes to Memphis after four seasons at Marquette.
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Jack Murphy is in his third season on the Memphis staff in 2011-12. He came to the Bluff City in the summer of 2009 from his advance scout position with the NBA's Denver Nuggets.
In his first two years, Murphy helped guide the Tigers to consecutive 20-win campaigns, back-to-back postseason berths (2010 NIT, 2011 NCAA) and a Conference USA Tournament title. Memphis posted 49 combined wins (49-20 record) in 2009-10 and 2010-11, making Murphy a part of the winningest staff under a head coach (Josh Pastner) in his first two seasons in school history.
Last season, the Tigers posted a 25-10 overall record and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. En route to the "Big Dance," Memphis won the program's first conference tournament crown outside the Bluff City since 1987. The Tigers put together a magical ride in the 2011 Conference USA Tournament, winning the title with a thrilling 67-66 victory over UTEP on the Miners' homecourt.
The 2010-11 campaign was the 11th-straight, 20-win season for the Tigers. It was also the 11th-consecutive year the Tigers advanced to the postseason. Memphis also posted a 10-6 C-USA regular season record in 2010-11, marking the sixth-straight year Memphis recorded double-digit victories in league action.
In Murphy's first season in 2009-10, the Tigers posted a 24-10 overall record and received a National Invitation Tournament (NIT) berth. Memphis advanced to the NIT second round, winning a postseason tournament game for the seventh-consecutive year. The Tigers also recorded a 13-3 Conference USA mark and finished second in the league's regular season standings.
After the 2009-10 season, sophomore guard Elliot Williams declared for the 2010 NBA Draft and was the 22nd pick of the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Prior to Memphis, Murphy worked in the NBA's Denver Nuggets organization. In addition to scouting and breaking down film on opponents, Murphy gained an outstanding reputation as one of the league's top "workout" trainers. Murphy worked with the likes of NBA All-Stars Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony, along with rising NBA star J.R. Smith.
And, the workouts led to success on the court for Denver. In Murphy's three seasons in the Mile High City, the Nuggets averaged nearly 50 wins a season and earned three-straight playoff berths.
Murphy's final year (2008-09) with Denver was an historic one. The Nuggets won a franchise-record 54 games (54-28 record), claimed a share of the NBA Northwest Division title and earned the Western Conference No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Denver advanced to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1985. Billups and Anthony were named to the All-NBA third team, while Billups played in the NBA All-Star Game.
In 2007-08, Murphy helped the Nuggets to a 50-32 overall record and a second-place finish in the Northwest Division. Denver was the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and lost in the first round. The previous year (2006-07), Denver finished the year with a 45-37 record and placed second in the Northwest Division. The Nuggets were the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs and lost in the first round to the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.
Prior to his time in the NBA, Murphy worked with Pastner on Hall of Famer Lute Olson's staff at Arizona. Murphy spent eight years (1998-2006) in Tucson as a team manager, recruiting coordinator, administrative assistant, video coordinator and director of operations.
During his time at Arizona, the Wildcats made eight-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the national title contest in 2001. Arizona also posted 20 or more wins in each of Murphy's eight years with the program.