The San Diego Padres have named former Arizona State head coach and Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas manager Pat Murphy as their interim manager for the remainder of the season, the team announced. Murphy replaces Dave Roberts, who was the interim manager for one day following the dismissal of Bud Black.
Murphy, 56, had a long and successful career in the college ranks. From 1988–1994 he was the head coach at the University of Notre Dame, leading the Fighting Irish to three consecutive regional finals in his final three seasons. Overall, Notre Dame had a 318–116–1 record with Murphy as head coach.
Following the stint in South Bend, the new Padres manager moved on to Arizona State, where he coached from 1995–2009. He was a 4-time Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009) and led the Sun Devils to four College World Series (1998, 2005, 2007, 2009). However, prior to the start of the 2010 season, Murphy was forced to resign amid allegations of violations regarding players. Murphy was eventually acquitted of said allegations. Despite that, Arizona State was still banned from postseason play for the 2012 season following a charge for a “Lack of Institutional Control”.
Since 2010, Murphy has been involved with the Padres organization. In February of that year, he was hired as Special Assistant to Baseball Operations. In 2011 and 2012, he was the manager of the Padres’ Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds. Since 2013, he has skippered the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate – known as the Tucson Padres in 2013 and as the El Paso Chihuahuas since 2014.
This stint with the Padres will be his first major league managing job.