Northern Arizona names Jack Murphy head coach

Northern Arizona has named Memphis assistant Jack Murphy as its new head men's basketball coach.

Murphy takes over for Dave Brown, who was the interim coach last season after Mike Adras left the program in early December.

"It's an honor to be given this position, especially at this critical recruiting time," Murphy said. "This is a program that has a rich tradition, has had past success, and I look to build on that success. I hope to be there along the way as we grow together as a university and as a basketball program."

The 32-year-old Murphy spent the past three seasons at Memphis. During Murphy's tenure, Memphis earned a Conference USA regular season title and two Conference USA Tournament championships.

Prior to joining Memphis, Murphy spent three years working with the Denver Nuggets as an advance scout. He also spent eight years (1998-2006) in Arizona as a team manager, recruiting coordinator, administrative assistant, video coordinator and director of operations.