Rob Murphy (basketball)

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Rob Murphy
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Murphy coaching at a game in 2012
Biographical details
Born (1973-09-19) September 19, 1973 (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan
Playing career
1992–1996 Central State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996–1998 Detroit Central HS (associate)
1998–2002 Crockett Technical HS
2002–2004 Kent State (assistant)
2004–2011 Syracuse (assistant)
2011–2021 Eastern Michigan
Head coaching record
Overall166–155 (college)
64–20 (high school)
Tournaments
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
MAC West Division (2012)
Awards
MAC Coach of the Year (2012)

Robert Lewis Murphy Sr. (born September 19, 1973) [1] 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. [2] He previously served as the head men's basketball coach for the Eastern Michigan Eagles from 2011 to 2021.

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College

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. [3]

High school coaching career

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. [3]

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. [3]

College coaching career

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. [3] 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.

Eastern Michigan

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. [4] Murphy guided his EMU Eagles to a win over Michigan on December 9, 2014.

Motor City Cruise

On March 17, 2021, the Motor City Cruise announced the hiring of Murphy as president and general manager. [5]

Head coaching record

College

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Eastern Michigan Eagles (Mid-American Conference)(2011–2021)
2011–12 Eastern Michigan 14–189–71st (West)
2012–13 Eastern Michigan 16–187–94th (West)
2013–14 Eastern Michigan 22–1510–83rd (West) CIT Second Round
2014–15 Eastern Michigan 21–148–10T–4th (West) CBI First Round
2015–16 Eastern Michigan 18–159–9T–3rd (West)
2016–17 Eastern Michigan 16–177–114th (West)
2017–18 Eastern Michigan 22–1311–72nd (West) CIT Second Round
2018–19 Eastern Michigan 15–179–93rd (West)
2019–20 Eastern Michigan 16–166-125th (West)
2020–21 Eastern Michigan 6–123–1110th
Eastern Michigan:166–155 (.517)79–93 (.459)
Total:166–155 (.517)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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