"I always knew that I wanted to be a coach," Murphy said during a media tour in downtown Phoenix this week. "Everything I have done has been with that end in mind."He has a strong pedigree and has put a bunch of excitement back into the Lumberjacks program. While there is some rebuilding to be done, he is off to a great start in Flagstaff.
After his not-so-stellar high school career - at least on the court - Murphy landed a job as the team manager at Arizona with the help of his high school coach, Al La Rocque, a friend of Olson's.
Murphy spent eight years in Tucson, serving as recruiting coordinator, administrative assistant, video coordinator and eventually director of operations.
He then went on to work as an advance scout for the Denver Nuggets from 2006-09 before landing a job as an assistant coach at Memphis under Pastner, a player and assistant at Arizona during Murphy's time in the desert.
That led to his big break at Northern Arizona, a team in big need of a boost.
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