Oct. 31, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Nearly 20 years since his playing days concluded at Florida Atlantic University, Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy was recently honored by being placed on the FAU All-20 Year Team.
The program, which Murphy played for from 1981-83, was a member of the inaugural team at Florida Atlantic. Murphy, who transferred from Bowling Green University, was selected to the honorary team as a utility player. In his two seasons with the Owls, Murphy played primarily as a pitcher and a catcher, but also saw stints at 1B, 3B, LF and even an inning at shortstop. Murphy is third in the school's record book for complete games.
"I was a very mediocre player at FAU, but I have a lot to owe to the school, the program and to the coaches," Murphy said.
Murphy received both his bachelor's and master's degrees at FAU, and upon leaving Florida Atlantic, signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants. After several coaching stints, Murphy landed at Notre Dame where he did an exceptional job of making the Irish a national power. In seven seasons in South Bend, Murphy compiled a 318-116 record and led the Irish to consecutive NCAA regional final in each of his last two seasons.
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and 1998 Baseball America National Coach of the Year, Murphy, a Syracuse, N.Y. native, recently completed his sixth season at the helm of the ASU program, guiding the Sun Devils to a 44-15 Pac-10 Championship record and their third postseason appearance in four years. With a 605-294-3 record in 16 seasons, he is the winningest active coach under the age of 43 in collegiate baseball. Murphy has compiled a 232-123 record during his tenure at ASU, and has guided the Sun Devils to top-12 rankings in three of the last four years.