Skyhawk Baseball | Geoff Murphy - Assistant Coach
Geoff Murphy is in his second overall season and first season as a full-time assistant coach for the Skyhawk baseball program. He primarily works with the pitching staff.
Last season as a volunteer assistant, Murphy oversaw a Skyhawk pitching staff who recorded several new school records including a new high in strikeouts for a season (429). Murphy was part of UT Martin’s record-breaking 2017 campaign, as the program recorded its most wins in the Division-I Era (25) as well as the most Ohio Valley Conference wins (12) while reaching the OVC Tournament for the first time since 2011.
UT Martin pitchers led the OVC in least doubles allowed (83) and least home runs allowed (44) under Murphy's instruction in 2017. He mentored Dalton Westfall, whose 81 strikeouts last season ranks second all-time in school history. Murphy also tutored Alex Evans, whose 2017 season included eight victories (third in Skyhawk history) and 73 strikeouts (fourth in school history).
A native of Peachtree City, Ga., Murphy began his coaching career as an assistant for the Charlottesville Tom Sox of the Valley Baseball League in the summer of 2016.
Murphy played collegiately at Boston College and Liberty, where he excelled on and off the field. His academic achievements were highlighted by four consecutive years on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He was also the recipient of the Athletics Director Award for Academic Achievement for four years.
As a freshman in 2012, Murphy made a career-high 20 appearances on the mound for the Eagle bullpen. He posted a 2-1 record with an ERA of 3.19 over 36.2 innings. His year was highlighted by a season-high 5.1 inning relief appearance against Duke where he surrendered just three hits and did not allow a run. During Murphy’s senior season at BC, he led the bullpen with 2.05 ERA while allowing just five earned runs on the season. In addition to his time on the mound at BC, Murphy was one of the most versatile players on the team, as he also played first base, catcher, and outfield.
After graduating from BC with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Murphy elected to continue his playing career by transferring to Liberty University. Murphy helped lead the Flames to the Big South Conference championship game in 2016. He boasted a record of 2-1 in four starts and eight overall appearances.
During his prep career at McIntosh High School, Murphy led the Chiefs by batting .365 and driving in 46 runs over the course of his junior and senior seasons. Murphy was selected to the Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason Southeast Region honorable mention team in 2010. During the summers, Murphy played for the East Cobb Astros where he led them to the 17U AAU National Championship game.
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