Murphy replaced his mentor, Todd Claus, on the staff after he was recruited back to his advanced scouting position with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2011, the Dolphins led the A-Sun in hits (667), while ranking second in average (.308) and walks (285).
Sophomores Adam Brett Walker and Dan Gulbransen continued to get better under Murphy’s tutelage.
Walker led the A-Sun with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles en route to A-Sun “Player of the Year” and first team all-conference honors. He also was the District III “Player of the Year” by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) and a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball).
Walker became the first Dolphin since Casey Schumaker in 2001 with multiple All-America awards after earning first team honors from Perfect Game USA and second team accolades from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the NCBWA and CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Gulbransen earned first team all-conference honors after ranking second in average (.370), doubles (18), triples (2), RBI (52) and slugging percentage (.546). Walker and Gulbransen also earned all-south region honors from the ABCA.
Freshman Taylor Ratliff hit .330 (68-206) with 58 runs, 25 stolen bases, nine doubles and 24 RBI en route to freshman All-America honors by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America. Junior shortstop Jimmy Howick hit .319 (66-207) with 46 RBI en route to second team all-conference honors, while also getting drafted in the 21st round by the Houston Astros.
In 2010, Murphy was instrumental in the development of Freshman All-America selections Dan Gulbransen and Adam Brett Walker while also seeing the Dolphins lead the A-Sun in walks with 257.
Gulbransen also garnered A-Sun “Freshman of the Year,” first team all-conference and all-freshman honors after ranking fourth in the conference in on-base percentage (.498) and walks (39) and seven in batting average (.391).
Walker was named second team all-conference and all-freshman after ranking seventh in the A-Sun with 16 home runs and ninth with a .635 slugging percentage.
Along with the development of the newbies, Murphy was also a key figure in junior shortstop Jamaal Hawkins’ career season. Hawkins earned second team all-conference honors after batting .332 with 66 hits, 16 doubles, nine home runs, 50 RBI, a .558 slugging percentage and 11 stolen bases.
Hawkins would be drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 28th round of the MLB Draft and forgo his senior season.
In 10 professional seasons, which began after being scouted out of college and managed by Claus, Murphy spent eight years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2000-07) before his final two years with the Florida Marlins (2008), Washington Nationals (2008) and Kansas City Royals (2009).
A third-round choice by the Angels in 2000, Murphy worked his way through the franchise’s farm system with the Boise Hawks (Low-A, 2000), Cedar Rapids Kernels (Single-A, 2001, 2002 – under Claus), Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High-A, 2001, 2003) , Arkansas Travelers (Double-A, 2004-05) and Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A, 2006-07) before making it to the majors. In 2006, he was called up to the Angels on May 4 and played in 48 games as a center fielder. In 2007, he started out on the opening day roster with the squad and played in 20 games throughout the year while bouncing back and forth between the majors and Salt Lake.
After being granted free agency in 2008, Murphy was signed by the Washington Nationals and sent to the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A) for 70 games. After being released by the Nationals, the Florida Marlins picked up his rights and played out the rest of the season with the Albuquerque Isotopes (Triple-A). After being granted free agency again in 2009, he was signed by the Kansas City Royals and invited to spring training before finishing the season with the Omaha Royals (Triple-A).
A three-year letterwinner as an outfielder at Florida Atlantic University, Murphy was a 1999 Baseball America Pre-Season All-America selection before helping the Owls to the nation’s best record (54-9), while also tying Texas’ 1977 record with 34 consecutive victories that season. The Suffern, N.Y. native was inducted into the FAU Baseball Hall of Fame on Feb. 21, 2008.
The Tommy Murphy File
Full Name:Tommy Murphy