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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University hosted an introductory press conference Monday for Men's Basketball Head Coach Jack Murphy.
President John Haeger called the hiring of Murphy as the start of a "New Era" for athletics at NAU. Following Haeger's remarks, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos introduced Murphy to the crowd in attendance that included fans, boosters, campus leaders, media, staff and members of the NAU team. The NAU cheer squad and Louie the Lumberjack were also present to add to the festivities. Watch Video of Lisa Campos
"We have a group of young men on the basketball team that are outstanding students, individuals and athletes," said Murphy. "I am excited to work with them in this upcoming year. I am here as an individual that is excited to help lead NAU basketball into a new generation," said Murphy. "But also I need the student-athletes behind me and all of us working in harmony. It is important that we are a family not only on the court, but off the court."
Murphy talked about a vision of family, togetherness and passion during his remarks. Watch Video
Voice of the Lumberjacks Mitch Strohman then conducted an interview with Murphy, dealing with a variety of topics. Watch Video
Murphy comes to NAU after three seasons on the Memphis staff as an assistant. He joined the coaching staff at Memphis under men's basketball coach Josh Pastner in 2009-10, posting 75-29 record with three 20-win seasons. During Murphy's tenure, Memphis earned made two NCAA Tournament appearances, earned an NIT berth and won a Conference USA regular season title and two Conference USA Tournament Championships. Murphy, who handled the Tiger defensive efforts in 2011-12, was the lead assistant on a staff that guided the team to a sweep of the Conference USA titles while posting the 10th-best field goal percentage defense in the country.