Nov. 5, 2009
MILWAUKEE -- Former Marquette University golfer Kyle Murphy has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach with the program, head men's golf coach Tim Grogan announced Thursday.
Murphy, a native of Eau Claire, Wis., played at Marquette from 2002 through 2006. He most recently was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill., where he was responsible for individual instruction, fundraising, strength and conditioning and assistance in recruiting. Last year, the Huskies had two players named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars.
"Kyle brings a lot to the table from a playing standpoint, he has an eye for talent and he clearly understands the goals and direction of our golf program," said head coach Tim Grogan. "He had a successful playing career at Marquette and has strong ties to the University. I think he brings a tremendous competitive spirit, which we need, and he's going to be a key part in the further development of our program. Kyle will will be involved in all aspects of our program, and I am excited about the opportunity for Kyle and our golf program."
Murphy played in 41 collegiate events while at Marquette. He was a four-year letterwinner and boasted a 75.15 career scoring average. Following his senior season, Murphy earned a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championships, where he competed at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., site of this year's PGA Championship.
As a collegiate golfer, Murphy recorded multiple top 10 finishes, including a pair of runner-up placements at Marshall and Georgetown as a senior. He ranked third all-time in Golden Eagle history with 31 rounds under par at the conclusion of his Marquette career. Murphy continued his success on the amateur circuit, including numerous top 10 finishes in Wisconsin State Amateur matches.
"Thanks to Tim Grogan, Steve Cottingham and Jim Nasiopulos for having faith in me and granting me this opportunity," said Murphy. "I am so proud to be a Marquette graduate and truly believe it is one of the best places in the country to go get an education. You have to be a part of it to really understand it, but the atmosphere and energy of this university is incredible. Me and my teammates worked hard to help get the program to where it is now, and I'm very excited to now help in a different role. It feels great to be home."
Murphy, 26, graduated from Marquette in 2006 with a degree in communications. He is engaged to former MU women's soccer player Emily Fitzpatrick, a 2008 graduate of the University.