Murphree spent the last two seasons at Gulf Coast Community College, where he worked primarily with the hitters and also served as the Commodores recruiting coordinator, and helped the team to the 2010 Panhandle Conference Championship.
“We are very excited that Mike has joined our staff,” said Case. “We feel like he brings a wealth of experience on many different levels since he has coached in the junior college level and on the Division I level. He is a very hard worker with a lot of energy and we feel like he will be a big asset to our program.”
Murphree coached at Troy from 2003-06, where he worked with the infielders and hitters. The Trojans won the 2005 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship with a 37-21 record, and the 2006 Sun Belt Conference Championship after going 47-16.
He then spent two years as an assistant at Northwest-Shoals Community College, where he was the recruiting coordinator while coaching the hitters and infielders, and assisting with the pitchers and catchers.
Murphree, 31, returned to Troy for the 2007-09 seasons, where he again worked with the hitters and infielders, while also coaching first base. The Trojans posted three straight 30-win seasons during that stretch.
An active member of the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association, Murphree was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2008 and has coordinated regional workouts for the underclassmen event for the last five years.
Murphree is a native of Athens, Ala., and played football, basketball and baseball at East Limestone High School. He was an All-Area selection in baseball and basketball in 1998 and was honorable mention All-State selection in 1996 and 1997.
He started his college playing college playing career at Northwest Shoals in 1999-2000, helping the team to its first and only state title in 1999. He then played at Martin Methodist, where he was an All-Conference selection in 2002. He is a 2005 graduate of Troy University.