Assistant Coach Rob Murray
A young, energetic coach with a championship pedigree, Rob Murray was hired as assistant men’s golf coach in August.
Murray spent the last four years at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, including the final two as head coach.
“We are excited that Rob will be joining our program,” head coach Grant Robbins said at the time of his hiring. “He is a proven winner who has excelled during his time as head coach at Indian Hills. His ability to recruit, develop and motivate players really stood out in our search, and he will be a great fit here at K-State. We are thrilled to welcome Rob and his wife, Emily, to Manhattan, and I look forward to working with him.”
Murray was the 2017 Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Dave Williams National Coach of the Year honoree after his Warriors registered a runner-up finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship. He was also named the NJCAA District III Coach of the Year during both his seasons as head coach. As an assistant, Murray helped IHCC capture back-to-back NJCAA National Championships in 2014 and 2015.
“I’m excited to work for an institution that is so passionate about athletics,” Murray said. “The chance to coach in the Big 12 does not come around every day. I’m grateful to Coach Robbins for the opportunity and look forward to working with someone who has so much experience in college golf. Coaching on a national platform at Indian Hills has prepared me for this moment. Emily and I are excited for this next chapter in the Little Apple.”
Murray’s 2017 squad was led by Ricky Sanders, who was the individual national champion and Phil Mickelson Award Winner as the most outstanding freshman in the NJCAA. Jackson Bugdalski won the Mickleson Award in Murray’s first year as head coach in 2016. Over his two-year stint leading the Warriors, Murray’s teams compiled seven All-America honors, won 12 tournaments and finished fourth in the national tournament in 2016 in addition to the runner-up finish in 2017.
A native of Colchester, Essex, England, Murray came to the United States in 2007 to play collegiately at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a first team all-conference performer and won two events as a member of the top-ranked NJCAA Division II squad. An Academic All-American at South Mountain, Murray helped his team win the conference and regional championship, while they placed third in the national championship in 2009.
Following South Mountain, Murray played two seasons at Washington State and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in December 2011. He then went on to Concordia University Irvine to obtain his Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration in May 2013.
Murray and his wife, Emily were married in August 2015 and are expecting their first child in December.