"I am thrilled to bring Coach Murphy on to our softball family," Cockerham said. "She will not only bring knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game, but most importantly, she will bring a constant positive influence to every member of our team."
Murphy joins the Tornado staff following a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. In 2019, she helped the Fighting Muskies win the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) regular season championship with a league record of 15-3. Muskingum posted an overall record of 31-11 as the Fighting Muskies' staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.
"I am very excited for this opportunity given to me by Coach Cockerham and David Hicks," said Murphy. "l look forward to my future at King University with my duties on and off the field. I am eager to meet the team and start working towards a successful season!"
In her time at Muskingum, Murphy designed strength and conditioning programs for the Fighting Muskies. On the field, she coached numerous aspects of the game, including hitting, infield and outfield. Murphy coached multiple all-region and all-conference players as well as an All-America selection. She also served as the JV head coach, handling all of the scheduling and travel.
"I know Coach Murphy is going to serve our young student-athletes with outstanding leadership," Cockerham continued. "Her professionalism, along with her shared belief of our core values: Family, Growth, Faith is going to help continue the momentum that we have worked so hard to build here with the King softball program. I'm really excited for her, and I'm equally excited for our student-athletes who are getting a great person and leader as their new assistant coach."
Prior to that, Murphy served as a strength and conditioning intern at Morehead State University following her graduation in 2018. While there she helped prepare summer workouts and helped women's basketball players in the weight room. She also created workouts for the Eagles.
Murphy was a four-year starter in the Morehead State infield, starting 169 of 184 career games. In her career she scored 60 runs and stole 26 bases. She also garnered All-American Scholar-Athlete Award honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and was named to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Murphy graduated from Morehead State in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion with a minor in Business. She earned her Masters of Arts in Adult Education from Muskingum in 2020.