Pat Murphy
Murphy with the Tucson Padres in 2013
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 21
Born: (1958-11-28) November 28, 1958 (age 65)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Career statistics
Managerial record55–60
Winning %.478
As coach

As manager

Coaching career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1988–1994Notre Dame
1995–2009Arizona State
Head coaching record

Patrick Thomas Murphy (born November 28, 1958) is an American baseball coach and manager who is the manager for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously served as the interim manager of the San Diego Padres and head coach for college baseball teams including Arizona State University and the University of Notre Dame.

Playing career

Murphy attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and played college baseball for the Florida Atlantic Owls as a catcher and infielder. He also pitched on occasion.[1] He was honored on FAU's 20th Anniversary Team as a pitcher and utility player and in 2008 was inducted into the school's Baseball Hall of Fame.

Murphy signed a professional baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants in 1982 and played four years in the minor leagues for the Giants, San Diego Padres, and two independent teams.[1]

Coaching career

Collegiate coaching

Murphy served as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach for the Maryville College Fighting Scots in 1983. In 1985, he was hired as head baseball coach and assistant football coach for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags.[2] He was hired by the University of Notre Dame as the head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball team on July 11, 1987.[3] Murphy guided the Fighting Irish to a 318–116–1 (.732) record in South Bend, including consecutive trips to NCAA regional finals in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

Murphy was hired by Arizona State University (ASU) as the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in 1995. The Sun Devils won the Pac-10 Conference championship in 2000 and consecutive Pac-10 championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Twice in that same decade, Murphy had teams finish in the Top 3 in the country; a feat matched by only ten other schools. Murphy's ASU teams were consistently present in the national Top 25, including a streak of 100 consecutive weeks in the polls that lasted from 2000 until the middle of 2005. Murphy led the Sun Devils to the postseason for nine straight seasons and 11 of 12. His teams set an NCAA record of not being shut out in 506 consecutive games between 1995 and 2004, shattering the previous streak of 349.[4]

Murphy became the youngest collegiate coach to reach 500 career victories in 1998.[5] In 1998, he won Baseball America's Coach of the Year award and was Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times (2000, 2007, 2008 and 2009). He led ASU to the College World Series four times (1998, 2005, 2007, 2009).

On November 20, 2009, Murphy resigned in the middle of an investigation of Arizona State's baseball program. It was initially reported that the resignation was his own decision. However, in December 2009, The Arizona Republic reported that on the day of his resignation, Murphy had been given an ultimatum: resign or be fired.[6] The NCAA's investigation found Murphy innocent of violations regarding student-athlete employment and recruiting, reprimanding him solely for treating investigators with a "cavalier attitude". The Arizona State athletic department was faulted for lack of institutional control, however, resulting in the baseball program being sanctioned and banned from postseason play in the 2012 season, as ASU was a repeat offender.[7] Murphy's career record at ASU was 629–284–1.

San Diego Padres (2010–2015)

In February 2010, Murphy was hired by the San Diego Padres as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations.[8] Murphy skippered the Padres' Northwest League affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds, as their manager for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as the Emeralds had consecutive league-best overall season records.[9] While in Eugene, Coach Murphy compiled a 93–47 record (.664 pct).

Murphy managed the Tucson Padres of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 2013 and the El Paso Chihuahuas of the PCL in 2014 and 2015. In 2015, the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to hire Murphy as a major league coach on Craig Counsell's coaching staff; Murphy coached Counsell at Notre Dame. The Padres refused to allow him to join the Brewers, even though it would constitute a promotion.[10]

On June 16, 2015, Murphy was appointed interim manager of the San Diego Padres after then-manager Bud Black was fired.[11] Immediately after the 2015 season, the Padres announced that Murphy would not return as manager.[12]

Milwaukee Brewers (2015–present)

After the 2015 season, the Milwaukee Brewers hired Murphy as bench coach for Craig Counsell's coaching staff; Murphy was Counsell's coach during his playing career at Notre Dame.[13] On June 11, 2023, Murphy filled in as manager for an absent Craig Counsell, who missed the game due to his son's graduation. The Brewers won the game 8–6.[14]

Following the 2023 season, Counsell accepted the managerial position for the Chicago Cubs. On November 16, 2023, the Brewers promoted Murphy to serve as their new manager.[15][16][17]

Managerial record

Major League Baseball

As of May 10, 2024
Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
SD 2015 96 42 54 .438 4th in NL West
SD total 96 42 54 .438 0 0
MIL 2024 38 23 15 .605
MIL total 38 23 15 .605 0 0
Total[18] 134 65 69 .485

College coaching record

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1988–1994)
1988 Notre Dame 39–22 11–3 1st (North)
1989 Notre Dame 48–19–1 21–9 2nd (North) NCAA Regional
1990 Notre Dame 46–12 25–3 1st (North)
1991 Notre Dame 45–16 18–5 2nd
1992 Notre Dame 48–15 18–2 1st NCAA Regional
1993 Notre Dame 46–16 23–4 1st NCAA Regional
1994 Notre Dame 46–16 24–4 1st NCAA Regional
Notre Dame: 318–116–1 140–30
Arizona State Sun Devils (Pac-10 Conference) (1995–2009)
1995 Arizona State 34–21 13–17 4th (South)
1996 Arizona State 35–21 14–16 4th (South)
1997 Arizona State 39–22 16–14 4th (South) NCAA Regional
1998 Arizona State 41–23 18–11 3rd (South) College World Series Runner-up
1999 Arizona State 39–21 12–12 5th
2000 Arizona State 44–15 17–7 T–1st NCAA Regional
2001 Arizona State 37–20–1 14–10 T–3rd NCAA Regional
2002 Arizona State 37–21 15–9 T–3rd NCAA Regional
2003 Arizona State 53–12 16–8 2nd NCAA Super Regional
2004 Arizona State 41–18 13–11 4th NCAA Regional
2005 Arizona State 42–25 15–9 T–3rd College World Series
2006 Arizona State 37–21 14–10 2nd NCAA Regional
2007 Arizona State 49–15 19–5 1st College World Series
2008 Arizona State 49–13 16–8 1st NCAA Super Regional
2009 Arizona State 51–14 21–6 1st College World Series
Arizona State: 629–284–1 233–153
Total: 947–400–2

      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

Personal life

Murphy's daughter married Pedro Álvarez in 2011.[19]

Murphy had a heart attack at a team workout in July 2020. He was hospitalized and implanted with a stent before he was discharged.[20] He returned to the team in September.[21]


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  13. ^ "Brewers add Pat Murphy as bench coach, Derek Johnson pitching coach".
  14. ^ Haudricourt, Tom. "'Family first': Pat Murphy takes managerial reins in Brewers' win as Craig Counsell attends son's graduation". Journal Sentinel.
  15. ^ "Brewers promote bench coach Pat Murphy to take over as manager after Craig Counsell's departure". AP News. November 15, 2023. Retrieved November 16, 2023.
  16. ^ Rosiak, Todd (November 15, 2023). "It's official: Milwaukee Brewers announce Pat Murphy as 20th manager in franchise history". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 16, 2023.
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  19. ^ "Alvarez bests father-in-law Murphy with walk-off". July 6, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2023.
  20. ^ "Brewers coach Murphy released after heart attack". August 4, 2020.
  21. ^ "Brewers' bench coach returns after heart attack". September 19, 2020.