The Merrimack College baseball team’s head coaching position was one of only two Division 1 posts in New England to change hands this offseason, along with the University of Hartford.
Merrimack College alumnus Brian Murphy became the seventh head coach in Merrimack program history in early September, when he accepted the position roughly a month after the dismissal of Nick Barese. Murphy returns home to North Andover after he had four 30-win seasons with William & Mary, five CAA-Tournament appearances and the school’s first NCAA Tournament at-large bid.
Murphy joined the New England Baseball Journal Podcast and talked about the challenging timing of his hire, which actually came after the start of the school year.
“Merrimack was definitely not something on our radar screen,” Murphy said. “Leaving William & Mary was definitely not something on our radar screen. It just kind of happened; the timing was tough. It was tough to leave our guys. We had a good group at William & Mary; those were really difficult conversations. I was there a long time, so I had a lot of deep relationships. We were close to getting started again with a new group. When this job became available … There are 300-some Division 1 programs in the country. I only left for one of them.”