According to many sources, the Denver Nuggets’ lead advance scout and video coordinator, Jack Murphy, has accepted the position of assistant coach for the University of Memphis Tigers. Murphy, a long time friend of head coach Josh Pastner, has become a key contributor on the Nuggets’ staff this season. Murphy provided scouting information on upcoming opponents for the Nuggets, as well as organizing a rigorous off-season workout program that hosted Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, and Carmelo Anthony.
During an interview with the Denver Post, Murphy had this to say about joining the Tiger’s coaching staff: “Going to the University of Memphis is an unbelievable opportunity to have my first assistant coaching job, and at my age. It’s a humbling situation I’m walking into, it really is.” (read the rest of the story here: link)
Murphy served as a student assistant for the University of Arizona men’s basketball team at the same time that Pastner was there. Like Pastner, Murphy worked hard to get where he is today, moving all the way from student assistant to lead scout of the Nuggets in just a short number of years.
Coach Pastner asked the Denver Nuggets for permission to speak to Murphy about the assistant coach position on April 15th. Shortly after contact had been made, word on the street was that Murphy was a done deal for the Tigers. One thing has held Murphy back from joining the Tigers right away- the NBA playoffs. The Nuggets put together an excellent playoff run, making it to the Western Conference finals, but they fell short to the Los Angeles Lakers. Now that the playoffs are over for Murphy, he can shift his focus to his new position as assistant coach for the Tigers. Murphy joins Glynn Cyprien and Willis Wilson, rounding off a great coaching staff assembled by Pastner.
MemphisRoar is excited to have Murphy as the most recent addition to our coaching staff, and we wish him the best of luck.