PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FOR CHARLESTON BASEBALL
We are excited to have Jason Murray back home and part of the CBA training staff! Jason will wear several hats while at CBA but most importantly will be a great leader for our coaches, players and parents with his vast baseball experience.
While at Liberty University, Jason Murray served as an assistant coach and the team’s recruiting coordinator. He also provided infield instruction, assisted with hitting instruction and served as the team’s third base coach.
Murray is no stranger in Big South baseball circles, having served two assistant coaching stints at Winthrop and leading the Charleston Southern program as its head coach for four years, along with his tenure at Liberty.
Last season, the Flames continued their solid defensive play, posting a .968 fielding percentage and turning 51 double plays. Meanwhile, Murray assisted in helping Liberty hitters make an adjustment to the BBCOR bats.
Infielders Tyler Bream and Matt Williams and catcher Casey Rasmus were three of the program and conference record seven Flames selected in the 2011 Major League Draft, who received guidance from Murray.
In his first year at Liberty, Flames hitters and infielders put together strong campaigns with Murray’s guidance. Liberty had its best year at the plate during head coach Jim Toman’s four-year tenure in 2010. The Flames hit .318 and scored 691 runs, the second-best in each category over the past 14 years. Third baseman Tyler Bream set the school record with 96 hits in single campaign, while second baseman P.J. Jimenez and outfielder Curran Redal, also recorded at 90 hits during the year.
In 2009, Murray returned to Winthrop to serve as an assistant coach for the second time under Joe Hudak. Murray assisted with positional player development for the Eagles, who recorded a 35-25 overall mark and finished in second place in the Big South standings with an 18-9 mark. He saw two players under his guidance, John Murrian (Detrioit Tigers) and Kevin Nolan (Toronto Blue Jays), drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft and sign professional contracts. Murray also assisted with on campus recruiting, player academic progress and field maintenance and was director of the team’s youth hitting school.
From 2005-2008, Murray was the head coach at Charleston Southern, where he recorded the fourth highest win total in school history with an 82-136 mark. In his four years at the school, Murray led the Buccaneers to several accomplishments both on and off the field. On the field, three players were selected Freshmen All-Americans, six were named all-conference players and one conference academic team member. He saw his team record a 3.0 GPA for the first time in eight years in 2006 and receive the athletic department’s 2007 and 2008 Athletic Team Community Service Award off the field.
During the 2008 season, Murray’s Buccaneers hit .297, the highest batting average by a Charleston Southern team in 13 years. Meanwhile, pitcher Payton Tweddale became the program’s career and single season saves leader and outfielder Justin Fyle became the school’s single season hits leader during the season. The squad also had three players named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans and one named to the Ping! Baseball All-Freshman team. Designated hitter Derek Smith was named both a Louisville Slugger All-American and to the Ping! All-Freshman team, while outfielder Steve Antolik and shortstop Taylor Black were each selected freshman All-Americans.
In his first season with the Buccaneers in 2005, Charleston Southern posted its best home record in five years with a 16-6 mark. The record included the longest home winning streak in school history of 14 games. In addition, the Bucs mound staff had its lowest ERA in five years. The staff included pitcher Robert Parnell, who was taken in the MLB Draft by the New York Mets.
Before heading up the Charleston Southern program, Murray was an assistant coach at Michigan on the staff of head coach Rich Maloney, where he served as the program’s recruiting coordinator and coached the outfielders. In each of his two seasons in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines posted 30 or more wins. Three players under his guidance, Jake Fox (Chicago Cubs), J.D. Roberts (Cincinnati Reds) and Chris Getz (Chicago White Sox) were selected in the MLB Draft. Fox earned All-American honors in 2004 from Baseball America and currently plays for the Baltimore Orioles. Getz has also reached the majors, playing second base for the Kansas City Royals. In addition, three of his players were named to all-regional squads and the All-Big Ten first team.
In 2002, Murray was a volunteer assistant coach on head coach Pat McMahon’s staff at Florida. The Gators went 46-19 and hosted a NCAA Regional that season, breaking 45 school records. Murray served as the team’s first base coach and assisted in on-campus recruiting. A record eight players from that team were taken in the MLB Draft. Three players from the squad were named All-Americans.
Murray served as an assistant coach at Winthrop in 2001, as the Eagles posted a 48-16-1 record and participated in the East Carolina NCAA Regional. Murray coached first base, directed weight training, oversaw field maintenance and assisted in recruiting. Three players from that squad were named to the Big South all-conference team, with one being drafted in the MLB Draft.
Murray got his start in coaching, as a student assistant coach for his alma mater Ball State in 1998, serving as a bench coach for the 39-18 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Western Division Champions.
Murray graduated from Ball State in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. In 1997, he was named the shortstop for the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region team and the All-MAC first team. The Cardinals became the first Ball State team to post a 40-win season that year, with a 40-19 mark. Murray ranked 20th in the country with a .425 batting average and had 20 doubles, which ranked second on the Cardinals’ all-time single-season upon graduation.
A native of Bluffton, Ind., Murray is married to the former Mindy Curtis. The couple lives in Charleston, SC.