SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford men’s basketball program has added Jay McAuley and Will Murphy to the staff, as announced by head coach Mike Young on Friday. McAuley will serve as Associate Head Coach and Murphy will be the Director of Basketball Operations.
McAuley, who coached two seasons at Wofford from 2008-10, returns to the staff after most recently spending four seasons as an assistant at Furman, while Murphy joins the Terriers from Wake Forest, where he served as the Director of Player Development.
“I am very excited to have Jay back on our bench as an associate head coach,” said Young. “He was terrific when he was here before and his experiences with Niko Medved and Chris Holtmann, two coaches I think a lot of, have only helped him grow as a coach. Jay is a first class man and a terrific coach and we welcome him back to Wofford.”
McAuley spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach on Niko Medved’s staff at Furman. Prior to his stint at Furman, he spent three seasons at Gardner-Webb University on Chris Holtmann’s staff. In the 2012-13 season he helped lead the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a 21-13 overall mark, an 11-5 Big South record and a berth in the College Insider Tournament.
Prior to McAuley’s time at Gardner-Webb, he spent two seasons at Wofford where he helped lead the Terriers to the program’s most successful season in the Division 1 era, going 26-9 on the season and 15-3 in Southern Conference play en route to winning both the regular season and tournament titles.
McAuley, a Marietta, Ga. native, played four seasons at the University of Georgia and was on the 2008 team that won the SEC Tournament. He played in 17 games his junior season and was a co-captain in his senior campaign. After graduating with a degree in business education in 2006, he served as a graduate manager for two seasons and earned a master’s degree in physical education.
McAuley married to the former Sallie Willis in 2012 and the couple have a daughter, Adrienne Elizabeth, born in July of 2015.
“Will Murphy comes to us from Wake Forest where he graduated and began his coaching career,” said Young. “He is a smart, hardworking coach that will add a great deal to our staff. Like Jay, I couldn’t be happier to bring Will to Wofford.”
Murphy spent the last season as the Director of Player Development for Wake Forest.
Prior to that role, Murphy spent three seasons in Winston-Salem as the video coordinator and the Director of Technology and Scouting for Wake. In his role as Director of Player Development, he served as a mentor for the student-athletes and assisted in their academic and professional development. He helped in many facets of recruiting, scouted opponent personnel and oversaw the SportVu system that provided in-depth statistics and much more using statistical algorithms.
Murphy spent three and a half seasons as a student manager for the Wake Forest staff before joining the active roster as a walk-on guard in December of 2012. He graduated from Wake Forest in May of 2013 with a degree in mathematical sciences. Murphy is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.