Murphy always wanted to coach at Syracuse

For Rob Murphy the dream is quickly becoming a reality. The Detroit native grew up enamored with Syracuse Basketball and specifically fellow Detroit native Derrick Coleman. He recalls wearing orange sweats complete with a Coleman jersey and watching SU take on Indiana in the 1987 championship game.

Now, with the departure of Troy Weaver to the NBA, Murphy has found a spot on coach Jim Boeheim's staff and he couldn't be happier.

"I really didn't think it was possible," Murphy said. "It was so far away. I never really thought about coming to Syracuse. When it happened for me, I was very excited. It's like a dream. You don't think it will become a reality."

Only three years removed from coaching Crockett Technical High School back in Detroit, it's easy to see why Syracuse seemed so far away to Murphy. Still, Murphy's assent to the top, or at least near the top, has been quicker than most and he knows it.

"I started coaching in 1996 and didn't even get to the college level until 2002," Murphy said. "Now I am where I want to be with an opportunity to coach one of the Top 10 programs under a hall of fame coach."

Murphy's journey began at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he earned his bachelor's degree in education. He played basketball from 1993-96 and was a two-time team captain. He was also named the Marauders' Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.

Murphy will be featured in this month's issue of The Juice.

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