Breaking: Arizona hires Jack Murphy as associate head basketball coach!
This is an absolute home run hire. Murphy leaves as coach of Northern Arizona to become Arizona's associate head basketball coach. He's was a part of Olson's staff and is a great recruiter. He helped recruit a top 5 class at Memphis. More on Jack below. 🐻⬇️
"There isn't another school in the country my wife and I would leave NAU for," Murphy said. "When Coach Miller called, it brought back so many memories and emotions. It's something I could not pass up for my family. Being an Arizona Wildcat, it's in the fabric of who you are always."
Murphy, who earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Arizona, remains close with Olson and has continued to use all the lessons the Hall of Famer taught him while leading the Arizona program.
"Having Murph back at Arizona is fantastic," said Jefferson, a 17-year NBA veteran. "His loyalty, high character and basketball knowledge are going to be a tremendous asset to Sean and OUR program! I couldn't be more excited today, and for the future of Arizona Basketball."
Added Walton, the current head coach of the Sacramento Kings: "Murph was there when I was a freshman at Arizona when we lost the 2001 National Title, and there in 2003 when we lost in the Elite Eight. He helped prepare me for the 2003 NBA Draft, and has been there for me ever since. When I think of Wildcat basketball, and what that means, I think of Jack Murphy. He will do a great job for Sean, and my family and I will be rooting for our Cats!"
"As former players, we couldn't be more excited for Coach Miller and the Arizona Basketball family to have Jack Murphy back in the fold," former player Justin Wessel said. "Not only does he bridge the gap with the Lute Olson era, but Jack is a great basketball mind, and one of the most honest people I've ever known."
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