Michael Murphy is in his fourth season at Columbia and his second on Kyle Smith's coaching staff. Murphy serves as the team's recruiting coordinator and assists with pre-game scouting and other duties within the program.
Murphy joined the Columbia men's basketball program in August 2008 after three seasons as head coach at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, N.Y.
At Mount Saint Vincent, Murphy was responsible for all aspects of the basketball program including scouting, strength and conditioning, team travel, recruiting and game management. In addition to his responsibilities as head men’s basketball coach, Murphy was the assistant director of athletics at the school and was in charge of developing and creating business plans for college-sponsored sports camps.
Prior to his time at Mount St. Vincent, Murphy was the head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Life Sciences School in New York. He helped develop the first-ever boys’ basketball team in school history and led the Jaguars to the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) “Elite Eight” during the 2004-05 season.
Murphy began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He helped guide the Knights to a State University of New York Athletic Conference championship and an appearance in the 1999 Division III NCAA Tournament.
From there, Murphy served as a sports education coordinator at Asphalt Green in New York. He coordinated the Physical Education Partnership (PEP) program for Manhattan-based sports and fitness groups.
Murphy is the co-founder of “Kids in the Game,” a physical education and youth sports company that provides customized sports and fitness programs for schools and children in New York City. Founded in 2003, the program has grown exponentially since and now includes 16 schools and over 3,000 kids in New York.
Murphy graduated from Hamilton College in 1997 with a degree in philosophy and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sports leadership at Northeastern. He earned three varsity letters at Hamilton while playing for his father, legendary coach Tom, from 1994-97. The elder Murphy ranks third all-time in Division III head coaching wins with 635 and is a member of the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.