Brian Murphy was named head coach of the Tribe baseball program on Dec. 3, 2013, and enters his sixth season as the Tribe's head coach. It will be his seventh season in Williamsburg, after spending one season as the Tribe's top assistant coach.
The former one-year assistant guided the Green and Gold to three 30-plus win seasons, a NCAA Regional Final appearances and a Colonial Athletic Association Tournament bid each season in his first four years as the skipper. Before his promotion, Murphy helped the Tribe earn its first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid and win its first regional games in school history on the strength of a record-setting 39-win season in 2013. He made a seamless transition to head coach the following year as W&M secured its first-ever regular season conference title, culminating in CAA Coach of the Year honors. A couple seasons later, W&M captured its first CAA tournament championship since 2001 en route to reaching the NCAA Regional Final for the second time in a four-year span.
In 2017, a third-place finish in the CAA standings allowed W&M to make its fifth consecutive postseason appearance, which is a program-best since qualifying started for the CAA Baseball Tournament. Murphy secured his 100th career victory mid-way through the season after the Tribe edged conference rival UNCW, 10-9, on March 26. At the end of the regular season, the Green and Gold landed five players on the all-conference teams, highlighted by junior Cullen Large receiving All-CAA First Team accolades. Senior Ryder Miconi, who was tabbed All-CAA Third Team, continued to excel in the classroom as he repeated as CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. In addition, All-CAA second teamer Brandon Raquet was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-American Team. Murphy also helped produced a draft class of at least three W&M players for the fifth time in program history. Redshirt sophomore Nick Raquet became the third-highest all-time MLB draft pick by getting selected in the third round by the Washington Nationals, Large was chosen in the fifth round by the Toronto Blue Jays and senior Nick Brown was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round. It was the second time in program history that two players were taken inside the first five rounds of the MLB Draft.
The 2016 season will go down as one of the most memorable seasons in program history. Down 8-1 in what looked like its final at-bat of the season, the Tribe answered with seven runs in the ninth and sparked a two-week run for the ages. Following a 27-hour rain delay, W&M went onto win the first CAA Championship game in 12 innings, before senior Josh Smith’s grand-slam homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted them to the CAA Tournament crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Regional, the Tribe, which fell in its first game, knocked out Bryant and defending national champion Virginia on its way to its second Regional Final in four seasons. When all was said and done the Green and Gold won six elimination games against Northeastern, College of Charleston, UNCW (twice), Bryant, and Virginia. For his efforts, Murphy was named VaSID Coach of the Year. Individually, he helped lead six Tribe players to all-conference awards, including senior Charley Gould, junior Ryder Miconi, and sophomore Ryan Hall, who were named to the second team. Miconi was rewarded for his hard work in the classroom by being named the CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. Gould became the 35th player in school history to be drafted when the Oakland Athletics drafted him in the 26th round. It was the fifth straight season that the Tribe had a player selected in the MLB Draft.
Throughout his stint in the W&M dugout, Murphy has mentored a total of nine MLB Draft picks, two national award semifinalists and 23 all-conference players. Michael Katz (2012-14), who garnered multiple All-American honors, was tabbed a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist in 2014. Additionally, Katz and Charley Gould (2013-16) were just two of three players in program history to become Dick Howser Trophy semifinalists, representing W&M on the prestigious list in back-to-back years (‘14 & ‘15). Murphy also helped develop a plethora of record-setting athletes. Under his watch, four pitching records were shattered as John Farrell (2010-13) set a new single-season wins standard (11), Jason Inghram (2012-15) replaced the school’s all-time wins mark (26), Joseph Gaouette (2013-16) broke the career saves record (18), and Charlie Fletcher became the all-time appearance leader (105). Additionally, Katz eclipsed the single-season RBI ledger (75), while Ryan Hall raised the bar for most career at bats (844).
The Easton Mass. native, who enters his sixth season with the Tribe baseball program, after spending three-seasons at Ivy League school Brown.
While at Brown, Murphy served as the Bears recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. During his three-year tenure in Providence, R.I., Murphy mentored 10 All-Ivy League selections.
Prior to his time with the Bears, Murphy was an assistant at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., (2006-09) where he was the recruiting director for the Bulldogs. His on the field responsibilities at Bryant included overseeing the catchers, outfielders and batting. In 2008, he was a member of a Bulldog squad that captured the Northeast-10 Championship. His tenure at Bryant was highlighted by 132 victories, two NCAA Tournament Regional final appearances and a school-record 42 wins in 2008. At the plate, Bryant improved every season in batting average and runs per game under Murphy's tutelage.
In 2004 and 2005, Murphy served as an assistant at Wheaton College in Norton, Ma. While coaching at Wheaton, Murphy's coaching engagement centered on the Lyons' hitting approach and catchers. The Lyons captured two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) titles and made it all the way to the 2005 NCAA New England Regional finals during Murphy's two seasons.
Murphy has summer coaching experience in the Cape Cod League and the Northwoods League. Murphy served as the hitting coach for the CCBL's Hyannis Mets during the summers of 2005 and 2006. In 2008, he was the Head Coach of the Battle Creek (MI) Bombers of the Northwoods League.
He played collegiately at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., where he was the team captain in 2003. Murphy earned a degree in business management from Merrimack in 2003 and a Master's Degree in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania in 2009.
Murphy resides in Williamsburg with his wife, Karen, son, Connor, and daughter Maggie.
Murphy's Career Record
|2014||34-22, 15-5 CAA||CAA Coach of the Year; CAA Championship Game Appearance|
|2015||22-30, 10-14 CAA||6th seed in CAA Tournament|
|2016||31-31, 14-9 CAA||2nd in the CAA; CAA Tournament Championship; NCAA Regional Final Appearance; VaSID Coach of the Year|
|2017||32-25, 15-8 CAA||3rd in the CAA|
|2018||15-39, 3-21 CAA|
|Overall||134-147 (.477), 57-57 CAA (.500)|
Brian Casey enters his seventh season as a Tribe assistant baseball coach. Casey serves as the Tribe's pitching coach, while he is also the Green and Gold's recruiting coordinator. Prior to his time at W&M, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Tufts University in Medford, MA.
During his six years, Casey has helped the Tribe record four 30-plus win seasons, make two NCAA Regional Final appearances and qualify for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament each season. A record setting 39-win season in 2013 allowed the Green and Gold to earn its first-ever NCAA Tournament at-large bid and win its first regional games in school history. In 2014, Casey was part of the Tribe’s first-ever CAA regular season title. A couple seasons later, W&M captured its first conference tournament championship since 2001 en route to reaching the NCAA Regional Final for the second time in a four-year span.
In 2017, W&M earned its fifth straight postseason bid, which is a program-best since qualifying started for the CAA Baseball Tournament. The weekend rotation played a major role in helping the Green & Gold finish third in the conference as the Tribe swept three of its CAA series. Individually, senior Nick Brown led the league with eight saves and sophomore Bodie Sheehan ranked second behind 90.1 innings pitched. For the first time since ’08, multiple Tribe pitchers were taken in the MLB Draft. Redshirt-sophomore Nick Raquet became the third-highest all-time draft selection after getting selected in the third round by the Washington Nationals, while Brown went in the 32nd round to the Minnesota Twins.
The 2016 season will go down as one of the most memorable seasons in program history. Down 8-1 in what looked like its final at-bat of the season, the Tribe answered with seven runs in the ninth and sparked a two-week run for the ages. Following a 27-hour rain delay, W&M went onto win the first CAA Championship game in 12 innings, before senior Josh Smith’s grand-slam homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted them to the CAA Tournament crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Regional, the Tribe, which fell in its first game, knocked out Bryant and defending national champion Virginia on its way to its second Regional Final in four seasons. When all was said and done the Green and Gold won six elimination games against Northeastern, College of Charleston, UNCW (twice), Bryant, and Virginia. Individually he helped lead six Tribe players to all-conference awards, including two of his pitcher as junior Daniel Powers was named to the third-team and freshman Bodie Sheehan was named to the all-rookie squad.
Since he joined the Tribe, Casey’s influence has led to a total of six W&M pitchers earning opportunities at the professional level and eight Tribe hurlers gaining All-CAA laurels, including first teamers John Farrell (2013) and Joseph Gaouette (2014). Casey also mentored a quartet of record-breaking pitchers. Most recently, Charlie Fletcher became the program's all-time appearance leader (105) in 2018. Jason Inghram, a 2015 graduate, replaced the school’s all-time wins mark (26) and became the second pitcher in program history to record more than 300 strikeouts. Gaouette owns W&M’s all-time saves record (18), while Farrell set a new single-season wins standard (11).
Casey began his coaching career at Tufts University where he worked with the Jumbos infielders and hitters and also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator. During Casey's five years as an assistant, the Jumbos made four postseason appearances, including back-to-back NESCAC titles in 2010 and 2011 and #1 seeds in the NCAA New England Regionals. Off the field, Casey was also responsible for the organizing the team’s strength and conditioning program, coordinating their annual winter clinic and summer baseball placement.
Collegiately, Casey was a four-year member of Tufts' baseball team (2004-2007). A team captain in 2007, Casey earned second-team All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors. He also garnered second-team All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) accolades in 2007 as a SS/P. Casey was the recipient of the Tufts Jit Ricker award, which is given to the individual who exemplifies dedication, loyalty, and competitive desire. Casey was a member of the 2005-2007 Jumbo teams that made the NESCAC playoffs, including final appearances in 2006 and 2007. After graduation from 2008-11, Casey was a member of the Watertown Reds of the Intercity League, an amateur baseball team in the Boston, MA area. While with the Reds, Casey was a four time all-star selection and earned Intercity League co-pitcher of the year distinctions in 2010 and 2011.
Casey graduated from Tufts in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. In 2010, he earned a Master's degree in Educational Studies from his alma mater. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, and was also a member of the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (2007-12) and Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (2007-12).
He resides in Richmond, Va., with his wife Kara.
Pat McKenna enters his third season as an assistant baseball coach. He joined the Tribe coaching ranks after finishing his professional baseball career this September.
During the 2017 season, Mckenna helped to Tribe record its fifth 30-plus win season in the previous six years. A third-place finish in the CAA standings allowed W&M to make its fifth consecutive postseason appearance, which is a program-best since qualifying started for the CAA Baseball Tournament. With his assistance, the Green and Gold landed five players on the all-conference teams, highlighted by junior Cullen Large receiving All-CAA First Team accolades. Furthermore, senior Ryder Miconi repeated as CAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, while All-CAA second teamer Brandon Raquet was named to Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman All-American Team. W&M also had a draft class of three or more players for the fifth time in program history. Redshirt sophomore Nick Raquet became the third-highest all-time MLB draft pick by getting selected in the third round by the Washington Nationals, Large was chosen in the fifth round by the Toronto Blue Jays and senior Nick Brown was picked in the 32nd round by the Minnesota Twins. It’s the second time in program history that two players were taken inside the first five rounds of the MLB Draft.
McKenna was a 27th round pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2009 MLB Draft. He went on to play parts of three seasons with the organization reaching Advanced-A with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He later joined the San Diego Padres organization where he played in Double-A and Triple-A with the San Antonio Missions and the Tucson Padres. McKenna played four years with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League where he was four-time selection to the Frontier League All-Star team. He just wrapped his season with Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League, helping them advance to the league’s championship.
This is not McKenna’s first time coaching and also not his first time in Williamsburg. He served as a volunteer coach during the fall of 2012, working with the Tribe’s infielders and hitters. The following spring, the Tribe advanced to the NCAA Raleigh Regional Final. During the offseason, he has worked with Play Ball in Salem, N.H. where he coached the Northeast Hurricanes AAU Program working with 9U-15U players. McKenna also organized and coached numerous clinics and held private instructional lessons with the organization. While with the Normal Cornbelters, he also served as a coach with Heartland Community College, focusing on the development of hitters and infielders.
McKenna played for Murphy and former Tribe head coach Jamie Pinzino at Bryant in Smithfield, R.I. He started four years at shortstop and was a team captain for his final three seasons. He holds the all-time career and single-season records for walks, triples, assists, home runs, and runs scored. He helped the Bulldogs to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and NCAA Division II Regional Finals in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. McKenna was named the 2009 Bryant Male Athlete of the Year, before earning the shortstop spot on Bryant’s All-Decade Team in 2010.
Originally from Orange, Connecticut, McKenna earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Bryant in 2009.
Brink Ambler enters his first season as a member of the Tribe staff. He returns to his hometown of Williamsburg after spending two successful seasons as the assistant coach at division III program Otterbein.
Ambler helped guide Otterbein to Ohio Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles and back-to-back NCAA regional appearances.. He coached the hitters and outfielders, served as the first base coach during games, and scouted and recruited talented players across the country. The Cardinals fashioned a 61-30 record in his two seasons and set single-season records in hits (502), at bats (1,616) and total bases (766). Ambler developed 18 All-OAC players, a 2018 OAC Player of the Year, five All-Midwest Region picks, a NCBWA National Hitter of the Week, three Academic All-Americans, and a ABCA & D3Baseball All-American.
Ambler spent the 2018 summer encouraging the daily development of some of the best college baseball players in the nation with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the Northwoods League. He coached the hitters and ran the offense as the third base coach. He held a voice by providing input on lineup and roster decisions. Ambler also gained experience in preparing players with daily scouting reports of opposing teams and specific players.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Ambler was an All-Bay Rivers District outfielder and two-time Team Captain for Jamestown High School and a preferred walk-on for the Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team from 2012-13. In July 2015, he also competed overseas in Barcelona, Spain as a member of the Sant Boi Falcons. Ambler led the organization to a 2015 Collegiate Baseball League of Europe (CBLE) championship, its second in franchise history.
The Williamsburg product earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Honors College and was a Presidential Scholar. His academic accolades also include being named the Austin Scholar (top student in the Business Management department), receiving the Outstanding Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Award and membership in Omicron Delta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Societies.
Ambler resides in Williamsburg with his wife Reagan and they are expecting a baby boy, their first child, in May.