Keith Murphy begins his fourth year with the Aggie football program and third as the tight end/special teams coach. In his first season with the Aggies, Murphy coached the wide receivers and special teams.
Murphy directed kick returner Taveon Rogers to an All-American season in 2011. Rogers was named a first team All-WAC kick returner and second team All-WAC wide receiver, while earning All-America honors on five different All-American teams. Rogers was the team's leading kick returner with 1,318 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. He leaves NM State as the all-time leader in kick returns for a career (103), kick return yardage (2,728) and most kick returns for a touchdown (3). He ranked second in the nation in all-purpose yards per game with 196.3, which led the league. Rogers led the Aggies in receiving in 2011 with 59 catches for 1,048 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards a catch and 87.3 yards a game. Against Fresno State, Rogers recorded a school record 412 all-purpose yards.
Murphy also guided place kicker Tyler Stampler, who was 34-of-38 on point after attempts in 2011 and 7-of-12 on field goal attempts, while punter Jake Capraro averaged 39.3 yards a punt, with six punts over 50 yards and 18 downed inside the 20-yard line. The Aggies finished third in the WAC in kick return average.
In 2010, Murphy guided kick returner Taveon Rogers to a second team All-WAC selection, as Rogers finished second in the WAC in kick return average and 26th in the nation. Rogers would break single season school records for number of kick returns and yardage. He also helped Tyler Stampler lead the WAC in field goal percentage, after connecting on 16-of-19 field goal attempts on the season.
In 2009, the Aggies' special teams were led by kicker Kyle Hughes, who handled all the punt, kickoff and field goal duties for NM State. Hughes finished third in the WAC in punt average, while punt returner Marcus Anderson ranked first in the conference and 22nd in the nation in punt return average.
The Aggies also ranked second in the conference in kickoff coverage.
Prior to NM State, Murphy was the assistant special teams coach for the St. Louis Rams as well as the Rams' offensive quality control coach from 2007-08.
The coach of the top two receivers in school history, Murphy spent eight seasons on the Eastern Washington staff and seven as a full-time assistant. He coached wide receivers and special teams and also was responsible for video exchange.
Murphy guided All-American Eric Kimble, who finished a record-breaking career with 253 catches for 4,140 yards and 46 touchdowns. His touchdown total is second in I-AA history behind the 50 of the legendary Jerry Rice.
Kimble was one of four senior receivers on the 2005 roster that combined for 156 games of experience (74 starts), with totals of 503 catches for 7,858 yards and 74 touchdowns. Kimble broke 13 school records and a pair of Big Sky marks. He broke EWU's career receiving record of 168 held previously by two-time academic All-American Kyler Randall (2000-03).
Under Murphy, Eastern Washington had returned six punts for touchdowns and five kickoff returns for scores. Kimble returned three of the punts for scores, including two in 2004 when he earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors as a return specialist. Eastern ranked second in I-AA in 2004 in punt returns with an average of 16.6 yards per return.
From 1999-01, he coached All-America kickoff returner Lamont Brightful, who went on to spend three seasons in the NFL. In 1999, Murphy's kickoff return team ranked second in the NCAA Division I-AA with an average of 26.3 yards per return, with Brightful second with a 33.9 average. In 2000, Brightful again ranked second nationally with a 32.2 average and two returns for touchdowns. Teams consistently kicked away from Brightful in 2001, but his 24.3 average was still good enough to earn him All-America honors for the third straight season.
Prior to Eastern, Murphy served as a graduate assistant working with wide receivers, quarterbacks and special teams from the spring of 1997 to the spring of 1999 at Washington. He was also a student assistant in 1996, coaching running backs and special teams before he received his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1997.
He played for the Huskies as a wide receiver and special teams player. In all, he was a member of two Pac-10 championship teams (1992 & 95) and was a part of five bowl games, including the 1998 Oahu Bowl, 1997 Aloha Bowl, 1996 Holiday Bowl, 1995 Sun Bowl and the 1993 Rose Bowl (following the 1992 season).
Murphy is a 1992 graduate of Mt. Rainier High School in Seattle, Wash., where he competed in football, basketball, soccer and track.
Murphy is responsible for recruiting in Orange County, Calif., and Northern California to Bakersfield, Calif.
He is a native of Seattle, Wash. He and his wife, Carrie, have one daughter, Lexi Rose and a son, Trey Vinh.