Jeannie Murphy enters her second year in Ruston as an assistant coach on Mark Montgomery's staff at Louisiana Tech University.
Murphy came to Ruston after spending the past three seasons as Montgomery's assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado where she assisted with all facets of the program, including recruiting, administration, on-the-field coaching, fundraising and community service.
She works primarily with the LA Tech outfielders and all of the Lady Techster hitters.
"Jeannie and I worked together at Northern Colorado, and no coach is more diligent or conscientious than Jeannie," Montgomery said. "Her passion is obvious and her motives pure. She wants to see every player develop into both the best athlete and the best person they can be, and she works tirelessly to make that happen.
"Jeannie is a tremendous young hitting coach. As a player for Oklahoma, she has seen the top level and will work hard to help us get there."
During her first season in Ruston, Murphy helped guide the Lady Techsters to a 27-26 record and the program's highest finish in its 12-year affiliation in the Western Athletic Conference. Tech also posted the highest team batting average (.289) in the program's history as six starters batted .300 or better.
Murphy also helps oversee academics for the LA Tech softball student-athletes. This past season saw junior Erin Kipp become only the fifth Lady Techster to ever earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors while 10 players earned Academic All-WAC accolades in 2013.
During her time at Northern Colorado, the former University of Oklahoma standout helped mold the program's offense as the 2012 team set 18 program records, including batting average (.291), slugging percentage (.436) and on-base percentage (.388).
Before coaching at Northern Colorado, Murphy won a Big 12 championship as a player on the Oklahoma softball team in 2007, and she was part of another Big 12 title in 2009 as a Sooners graduate assistant. Douglas was a four-year letter-winner for legendary coach Patty Gasso at Oklahoma seeing action in 87 games and earning Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors in 2009 in her final playing season in Norman.
She earned her bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies from OU in 2009 and is scheduled to complete her master's degree in athletic administration and higher education this summer.
She married Matt Murphy in January, and the couple resides in Ruston.