GREENFIELD — Brian Murphy needed to recharge his batteries.
This summer, Murphy decided to resign as Warren Central’s baseball coach after eight years on the bench.
Then the Greenfield-Central job opened up, and Murphy couldn’t resist applying for the opening.
He found out earlier this week that he had been approved the by the G-C school board.
“It was a really good fit,” Murphy said.
Murphy will replace Travis Keesling, who was hired in August to be the next coach at Pendleton Heights — Keesling’s alma mater — after five seasons at Greenfield-Central.
Prior to his eight years at Warren Central, Murphy coached at Cardinal Ritter for a year and then Speedway for five seasons. At Speedway, Murphy was the head coach his last four seasons there and accumulated multiple Indiana Crossroads and sectional titles.
He then moved on to Warren Central, where last season his Warriors upset defending state-runner up Cathedral 5-4 in the Class 4A Sectional 10 semifinals before being knocked out by Roncalli, who went on to lose in the state finals.
Murphy will continue to teach English at Warren Central and is pursuing his masters in administration. And while having a position at G-C would be ideal, Murphy said the 20-minute drive down U.S. 40 won’t be a big deal to him.
“I had been there eight years,” Murphy said of his tenure at Warren Central. “I had done some good there, but it was time for someone else.”
New Palestine coach Shawn Lyons said he knows Murphy “personally” and applauded G-C’s hire.
“Brian is a good guy and a good baseball man. He comes from a good family,” Lyons said. “He is inheriting a talented team.”
The Cougars finished their 2012 season with a 17-12 mark, the program’s second consecutive season over .500 after going 14-13 in 2011. Among the team’s top returnees are seniors Curtiss Irving (.495 average, 19 doubles, 26 RBIs), Jayden Jackson (.388 average, 31 runs, 18 walks) and Brendon Neal (.360 average, five HRs, 22 RBIs) as well as junior Mitch Gibson (.314 average, 21 runs).
Murphy said he plans to meet with his current crop of players once G-C returns from fall break on Oct. 22.
“I know they’ve got a lot of guys coming back off a pretty successful season. I know that injuries got them a bit,” Murphy offered. “It’s great baseball environment with support from the community. They do a great job with the facility too.”
A self-proclaimed baseball junkie, Murphy wants his teams to play with energy and passion, mentioning that baseball is meant to played with joy, and that a player should walk off the field at the end of the game “smiling with his uniform dirty.”
“We’re going to come out and have a good time playing baseball,” Murphy offered. “They’re going to work and I’m going to work for them. I think it’ll be good.”
Education: Cardinal Ritter High School graduate, Indianapolis; Hanover College graduate
Occupation: Greenfield-Central varsity baseball coach; English teacher at Warren Central
Baseball experience: Coaching stops at Ritter (one season), Speedway (five seasons) and Warren Central (eight seasons).