Former Owl associate head coach, Misty Murphy is now the head women's basketball coach for the Evansville Purple Aces. She spent three seasons at Rice under head coach Greg Williams (2006-08).
She was primarily responsible for coaching the post players, and was in charge of coordinating recruiting and overseeing academics. Murphy came to Rice after serving as head coach at Colorado State University-Pueblo from 2001-05.
Murphy was at the helm of the ThunderWolves program for four seasons, building a 66-46 record and twice tying for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division crown. During the 2003-04 season, CSU-Pueblo produced the first 20-win season in program history, going 20-9. Her first season with the T-Wolves (2001-02) saw the team go 15-11 for the program's first winning season since 1990.
Prior to her arrival in Pueblo, Murphy served a two-year stint as head coach at Sheridan Community College in Wyoming, leading the Lady Generals to a 42-19 mark. Her teams won two Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference championships and two north sub-region titles. The team went 22-8 in 2001, leading to WCCAC coach of the year honors for Murphy.
Murphy's coaching career began at Colorado State where she served as a student assistant in 1995. She then took over full-time assistant coaching duties for two more seasons with the Rams, working for Greg Williams, who was head coach at CSU from 1990-97. She moved on to spend two seasons as an assistant at the University of Northern Colorado (1997-99), where the Bears compiled a 38-19 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II North Central regionals.
She played two seasons under Williams at CSU, earning all-WAC honors as a senior in 1994 after starting every game and scoring in double figures more than 20 times. Murphy's college career began at Sheridan College, where she played basketball and volleyball, earning All-America Honorable Mention from Street & Smith Magazine in basketball.
Murphy and her husband, Mike, have two children, Gabrielle and Brayden.