Nov. 20, 2009


Murphy Resigns at Arizona State


Pat Murphy, the head coach at Arizona State for the past 15 seasons, announced his resignation on Friday.


A 1982 graduate of Florida Atlantic, Murphy compiled a record of 629-284-1 in 15 seasons with the Sun Devils. ASU was 51-14 this past season, including 21-6 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils have been to the NCAA Tournament each of the past 10 years and 12 of the past 13 seasons.  His overall record is 1,000-457-4 in 25 seasons as a head coach. Murphy coached for seven seasons at Notre Dame and became the first Irish head coach of any sport to leave South Bend for another job.


Murphy took the Sun Devils to the College World Series this past season for the fourth time in his career. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times and ASU has won three straight Pac-10 titles under Murphy. In 1998, Murphy was named National Coach of the Year.


Since the 2000 season, no other Pac-10 school has won as many overall and conference games as ASU. Murphy has had more players selected in the MLB Draft since 1995 than any other coach in the nation.


ASU will begin a national search for a new head coach immediately.