|Title:||Associate Athletic Director for Communications (Football, Gymnastics, Men's Ice Hockey (secondary contact), Radio, Television, Skiing)|
Mike Murphy was appointed the associate athletic director for communications Nov. 21, 2013. In that role Mike evaluates the performance of the athletic communications and multimedia staff in all areas, such as writing, editing, layout, media relations, and internal matters. He works closely with national and local media to maximize coverage for UNH athletics. He manages the UNH Athletics web site, and all UNH Athletics social media platforms. Mike works closely with marketing, athletics management and coaching staffs to promote public appearances and speaking engagements and oversees all aspects of the athletic communications and multimedia budget.
Mike joined the UNH athletic communications staff June 30, 2010, as an associate director. Since then, he has served as the primary media contact for the Wildcats’ football, gymnastics and skiing programs. He was added as secondary contact to the men’s ice hockey program prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. Murphy also serves as host of Inside Wildcat Country on WBIN-TV, the television program that offers fans an in-depth look at the inner workings of UNH athletics, showcasing unique feature stories, game recaps and highlights.
Murphy was named the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) co-Administrator of the Year in 2013.
A five-time winner of the New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year award (1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009), Murphy has served as a sports announcer on the Wildcat Sports Radio Network since 1998. He is the host of the weekly UNH Coach’s Show radio program with football coach Sean McDonnell and men's hockey coach Dick Umile. Murphy is alo a play-by-play broadcaster of select Wildcat men’s and women's hockey broadcasts and color commentator for men's and women's basketball broadcasts. Previously, Mike served as the color commentator for all UNH football games from 1998-2009.
Prior to joining the UNH athletic department, Murphy served as the Director of Media Relations and Ticket Sales Executive for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate located in Manchester, from 2006-10. In that media relations role, he wrote press releases and game notes, supervised press conferences, served as media liaison and helped maintain the team’s website. He played a significant role as part of the Fisher Cats’ front office that was awarded the prestigious 2009 Double-A Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America in recognition for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball.
Murphy, feted as the 2008 New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters Air Personality of the Year, was part of the Fisher Cats Radio Network broadcast team from the minor league baseball team's inception in 2004 through 2010. He was also bestowed the 2008 AP Top Play-by-Play Award and is a 12-time recipient of the NHAB Golden Mike Award.
Murphy joined the Fisher Cats’ front office in a full-time capacity as a Ticket Sales Account Executive in January 2006 following more than a decade of radio experience in the Granite State, where he served as host for the "Sports Zone" talk show on 107.7, the Pulse, and on WKXL radio in Concord.
Murphy is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1995.
Mike married his wife, Tish, in May 1995. They live in Concord with their children Katie, a UNH freshman, and Jason.