Padres tap into college coaching ranks

Padres add to baseball operations dept.

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres continue to add staff to their baseball operations department.

On Monday, the Padres announced that former Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy has been hired as a special assistant to the department.

The team also announced that Jeff Pickler, formerly an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, has been hired as a professional scout.

Murphy, 51, was the head coach of the Sun Devils from 1995 through 2009. Murphy was named 1998 College Coach of the Year by Baseball America and led Arizona State to four College World Series berths (1998, 2005, 2007, 2009).

The Sun Devils also won four Pac-10 Conference championships in Murphy's tenure (2000, 2007-09).

Before Arizona State, Murphy was the head coach at Notre Dame (1988-94), Claremont Mudd-Scripps (1986-87) and Maryville College (1983). His college coaching record is 1,000-457-4.

Pickler, 34, was an assistant coach at Arizona last season. He previously spent two years as an advance scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pickler was an All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 1998 at the University of Tennessee and an 11th-round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the First-Year Player Draft that year.

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.