In 2020-21 the Merrimack College Warriors baseball team finished their season at 19-22. As summer approached the school came to find out that a new baseball coach was going to be needed for the 21-22 season. It didn’t take long for the school to find their new man. He is someone who had been a part of the program as a student at the school. His name is Brian Murphy, and he returns to the North Andover, MA. campus after spending the past eight years as the head coach of the William & Mary baseball program. Murphy returns to Merrimack to become the seventh head coach in the history of the baseball program.
He leaves William & Mary after four 30-win seasons, five CAA tournament appearances, and an NCAA tournament at-large bid. It was the first in the school’s history. He was named Coach of the year in the CAA in 2014 after winning 34 games in his first year on the job with the Tribe. In 2016 Murphy was named VASID Coach of the Year after the Tribe won the CAA tournament championship and NCAA Regional final appearance. During his time at the school, nine players have been drafted by MLB teams with two of those players taken in the first five rounds.
Murphy’s team also does very well in the classroom earning three straight Team Academic Awards by the ABCA, with three student-athletes recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-American and CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also spent some time in the Ivy League at Brown University as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator before his time at William & Mary. Ten members of the Brown baseball program made All Ivy-League selections during the three years he was at Brown University.
Murphy is a 2003 graduate of Merrimack College and a former team captain. This will be a bit of a homecoming for him as he is a Massachusetts native. He is looking forward to taking over this team and putting them in a position to compete for league championships in the Northeast Conference and the NCAA tournament bids that go along with that. The Warriors return nine seniors and four graduate students to this year’s team.