Murphy named to lead Northern Ariz.
Former Memphis, Arizona assistant also has NBA ties
Northern Arizona has hired Memphis assistant Jack Murphy as its basketball coach.
Murphy replaces Dave Brown, who served as interim coach last season after Mike Adras abruptly left the program Dec. 9. The Lumberjacks finished 5-24 and 1-15 in the Big Sky Conference, ending the season on a school-record 16-game losing streak.
The 32-year-old Murphy spent three seasons as an assistant to Josh Pastner at Memphis after being an advance scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets for three years.
Prior to that, Murphy worked with Pastner on Lute Olson's staff at Arizona. Murphy spent eight years (1998-2006) at Arizona as a team manager, recruiting coordinator, administrative assistant, video coordinator and director of operations.