Todd Murphy enters his ninth season as Purdue's top assistant coach after joining the program in July 1998. Murphy's primary responsibilities include working with the outfielders and catchers and assisting with the hitters and team offense. Additionally, he coordinates recruiting while assisting with all day-to-day operations of the program.
In 2005, Murphy's work with the Purdue hitters helped produce the third All-American in the history of the program, as shortstop Mitch Hilligoss led the Big Ten with a .404 batting average and earned All-America honors from the ABCA and NCBWA.
The 2004 catchers directed by Murphy threw out 42 percent of potential base stealers, the best in the Big Ten.
In 2003, the Boilermakers were second in the Big Ten in hitting with a .311 team batting average. It was the fourth time in Murphy's six years at Purdue that the Old Gold and Black finished the season hitting over .300. During the 25 years prior to Murphy's arrival in West Lafayette, Purdue hit .300 or better as a team only five times.
Purdue has established multiple school offensive records under his tutelage. The 2000 team established four school records: at-bats (1,925), hits (584), doubles (107) and stolen bases (106). The 2001 squad set a school record for batting average (.314) while eclipsing two records set the previous season: hits (587) and doubles (115).
Murphy joined the Boilermaker staff from the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant coach under Richard "Itch" Jones from 1994 to 1998. He worked with the outfielders and hitters, coordinated scouting and team defense, and assisted with recruiting and off-season weight training and conditioning.
Murphy helped guide the Fighting Illini to three consecutive Big Ten playoff appearances from 1996 to 1998. In his last season at Illinois, the Fighting Illini won a conference championship and earned a berth in the 1998 NCAA regional final game at Gainesville, Fla.
Prior to coaching at Illinois, Murphy was an assistant at Princeton during the 1994 season. He began his collegiate coaching career at his alma mater, Butler, serving as an assistant for the Bulldogs from 1992 to 1993. Murphy and Boilermaker head coach Doug Schreiber were both assistants at Butler in 1993.
The Indianapolis native graduated from Butler in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education/social studies and physical education. He was a three-year starter in center field for the Bulldogs.
After graduation from Butler, Murphy taught U.S. history and sociology at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis during the 1992-93 school year.
Murphy and his wife, the former Lori Gher, have one daughter, Lindsay. The Murphys reside in West Lafayette.