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Murphy at a Glance
- Longest Tenured Coach in Program’s History
- Coached Four All-Maine Selections
- Appeared in 10 of the 12 NAC Championship Tournaments
- 1999-2000 NAC Champions
- Three-time NAC Finalists
- Two-time NAC Coach of the Year
Meet Chris Murphy
Mariner Head Coach Chris Murphy is entering his 22nd season as a college head coach and 21st leading the Maine Maritime Men’s Basketball program. During his tenure at MMA Coach Murphy has amassed a 181-295 record (197-307 overall as a head coach), led the team to a North Atlantic Conference championship in 1999-2000 and to the conference championship game in 2001-02 and 2002-03. Coach Murphy was named NAC co-“Coach of the Year” in the 2001-02 and 2007-08 seasons.
Since the NAC began in 2000 the Mariners have qualified for the NAC tournament 10 times. Murphy has coached three NAC “Players of the Year”, eight “1st Team All-NAC” selections, two 1st Team “All-Maine” players, one Maine “Player of the Year”, and two NCAA Division III national rebounding championships. Two of his players have gone on to play professionally overseas. From 2000-2004 the Mariners were consistently ranked among the top five teams in Maine. Under Murphy’s direction the Mariners have annually been ranked among the top NCAA Division III teams in FG% defense.
Coach Murphy expects his players to put in a maximum effort every time they step on the floor. His teams feature a solid scoring area man-to-man defense and offensively are “as up-tempo as possible while still being effective”. A true advocate of the values of athletics in helping to produce quality people, students, and athletes, Coach Murphy believes that participation in Division III sports allows each individual a tremendous opportunity to have a great all-around experience while in college and, at the same time, experience situations that allow them to mature to become positive role models and lead productive lives.
He says, “I place the highest priority on academics with a sincere belief that excellence in athletics can be achieved without sacrificing academic ideals.” With more than a quarter of a century of coaching experience at different collegiate levels, Coach Murphy also believes that “compared to any other school I have been associated with or know of, the student-athletes who choose to attend MMA receive by far the best career preparation skills and opportunities. The quality of the career opportunities virtually all of our student-athletes have after graduation is nothing less than amazing.”
Chris Murphy's Year-by-Year Record