Murphy out as women’s basketball head coach

Published 10:37 pm Monday, March 12, 2012

Troy women’s basketball head coach Michael Murphy was relieved of his duties Saturday after 10 years at the helm of the program.

In a statement released by the university, athletic director Steve Dennis said the school was changing its course in regards to the program but thanked Murphy for his service.

“I have a lot of respect for Coach Murphy and I would like to thank him for his 10 years of dedication to the university, but we felt that it was the best time for our women’s basketball program to move in a different direction,” Dennis said. “I can’t thank him enough for his work, class and impact that he has had on so many young lives. I have no doubt that he will have success in the future.”

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In 10 seasons under Murphy, the Trojans have been unable to sustain success, achieving winning records in just two seasons (2002-03, 2008-09). Murphy’s career record at Troy is 110-178 but is not the only head coach to labor to accumulate victories. Since the program started in 1975, no head coach has posted a career winning mark and just once since 1990 has a coach led the Trojans to consecutive seasons over .500.

Murphy was 19-68 over the past three seasons including a 2-26 record last season.

Before arriving at Troy, Murphy compiled a 72-26 record from 1992-95 as the men’s head coach at Viterbo University in Lacrosse, Wisc.

According to the statement, assistant coaches Craig Kennedy and Jennifer Wasson will take over day-to-day operations of the program while the national search for a new coach begins. No timetable was set for the new hire.

Dennis and Murphy were unavailable for further comment on Monday.