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Jack Murphy Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 18, 2006
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Now in his ninth year with the program, Jack Murphy assumed the duties of director of basketball operations on Aug. 21, 2006.

Murphy handles the daily office operations and also coordinates team travel.  He assists with the program’s community outreach efforts, and handles many duties for Lute Olson’s summer basketball camps.

Prior to accepting this new role, Murphy headed the program’s video scouting department.  He was responsible for UA’s video room and assisted in film editing and exchange, as designated by the coaching staff.  Murphy will continue to oversee these areas in his current position, but will not have an on-court coaching presence with the team in practice or game situations.

This position allows Murphy to continue working with the Wildcats for the 2006-07 season.  He is director of the Lute Olson Elite Camp, a three-day event held each June in McKale Center.  Such memorable Wildcats as Mike Bibby, Andre Iguodala, Richard Jefferson, Jason Terry, Damon Stoudamire and Luke Walton each returned to Tucson to take part in the Lute Olson Elite Camp festivities.

Few people are as familiar with the inner workings of Arizona basketball as Murphy.  Since arriving in Tucson in 1998, Murphy has worked with the program as a student manager through the 2002-03 campaign.  His duties included practice set-up, team statistics, and acting as a general liaison between the players and staff.  From 2003-05, Murphy served as the program’s video and recruiting coordinator and administrative assistant.  In 2005-06, he was the video coordinator.

In addition to his work with the basketball program, Murphy has worked with prestigious tournaments and camps, including The Big Time, Blazer Basketball Camp and the Vision Sports Summer Classic.  A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Murphy served as the local tournament director for the 2003 Las Vegas Easter Classic.  The Durango High School graduate was enshrined to the Blazer Basketball Wall of Fame in March 2003.

Murphy, 27, received his bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis on American Literature, from Arizona in December 2002.  He completed work on his master’s degree in educational psychology in May 2005.

When not around the basketball court, Murphy is an avid sports fan and music enthusiast.  His favorites include the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Mariners and Bob Dylan.  Murphy has had the pleasure of seeing Dylan a whopping 37 times in person and is always looking toward future performances.

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