Murphy coaching at a game in 2012
|Born||September 19, 1973|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1996–1998||Detroit Central HS (associate)|
|1998–2002||Crockett Technical HS|
|2002–2004||Kent State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
64–20 (high school)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|MAC West Division (2012)|
|MAC Coach of the Year (2012)|
Robert Lewis Murphy Sr. (born September 19, 1973)is an American basketball executive and former player and coach. He is currently the president and general manager of the Motor City Cruise of the NBA G League, the affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. He previously served as the head men's basketball coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles from 2011 to 2021.
Rob Murphy attended and played for Central State University basketball program in Wilberforce, Ohio from 1992–1996. Murphy was a two-time team captain during his junior and senior campaigns. Murphy was also named the Marauders' Defensive Player of the Year as a senior while playing for former NBA point guard, Kevin Porter.
After graduating from Central State, Murphy was hired as an associate head coach at Central High School in Detroit from 1996–1998. After the team reached the state finals in his first year, Detroit Central won a Class A state title in 1998.
Murphy was then hired as head coach at Crockett Technical High School in Detroit. Among his players was Maurice Ager, who was the first-round draft choice of the Dallas Mavericks. Murphy had an overall record of 64–20 at Crockett Technical and was named Detroit Free Press All-Metro Coach of the Year after his club won the Class B state championship in 2001.
Murphy joined Kent State in 2002 as an assistant coach. The Golden Flashes were 21–10 overall and 12–6 in the Mid-American Conference in 2002–03. Kent State reached the final of the MAC Tournament Championship and earned an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament.Murphy was instrumental in the recruitment of Antonio Gates to Kent State in which Gates led the Flashes to the Elite 8. Murphy coached Antonio Gates at Detroit Central HS and Kent State.
Following the 2004 season, when Syracuse Orange assistant coach Troy Weaver left for a coaching position with the Utah Jazz, Murphy was hired by the Orange. Murphy was known for developing versatile forward position players with the Orange. Some of the players he tutored include Hakim Warrick, Terrence Roberts, Donte Greene, Wesley Johnson, Kris Joseph, Fab Melo, Arinze Onuaku, CJ Fair, Dion Waiters, Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas and James Southerland.
In his debut season (2011) with Eastern Michigan, Rob Murphy guided the Eagles to a first ever MAC-West championship along with being named 2012 MAC coach of the year. During the 2013–14 season, Murphy guided Eastern to its first 20-win season since 1997–98 (18 years), while also sending the Eagles to their first postseason tournament (the CollegeInsider.com Tournament) since '97–98. Rob Murphy was named a Ben Jobe Award Finalist for the 2013/14 season.Murphy guided his EMU Eagles to a win over Michigan on December 9, 2014.
On March 17, 2021, the Motor City Cruise announced the hiring of Murphy as president and general manager.
|Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference)(2011–2021)|
|2011–12||Eastern Michigan||14–18||9–7||1st (West)|
|2012–13||Eastern Michigan||16–18||7–9||4th (West)|
|2013–14||Eastern Michigan||22–15||10–8||3rd (West)||CIT Second Round|
|2014–15||Eastern Michigan||21–14||8–10||T–4th (West)||CBI First Round|
|2015–16||Eastern Michigan||18–15||9–9||T–3rd (West)|
|2016–17||Eastern Michigan||16–17||7–11||4th (West)|
|2017–18||Eastern Michigan||22–13||11–7||2nd (West)||CIT Second Round|
|2018–19||Eastern Michigan||15–17||9–9||3rd (West)|
|2019–20||Eastern Michigan||16–16||6-12||5th (West)|
|Eastern Michigan:||166–155 (.517)||79–93 (.459)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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