John Murphy, a YSU graduate, is in his second year as YSU's Director of Football Operations.
For the Penguins Murphy is responsible for most day-to-day operations of the program while handling all the logistics of team travel and recruiting.
Murphy spent 22 years working with national and regional athletic programs as a territory manager and sales representative in the sporting good industry before assuming the Director of Operations role last year.
He was an account territory manager for Rawlings Sporting Goods prior to joining Head Coach Bo Pelini's staff in February.
During his second stint with Rawlings he managed more than 100 accounts in Northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and throughout West Virginia. He had previously been employed by the company as a promotional representative from 1998 through 2001.
Before rejoining Rawlings, he was a nine-year account territory manager for Russell Athletic, Bike Athletics, Spalding and Dudley. He worked with 40 plus schools at the college, high school and youth levels.
He previously spent a year at YSU Athletics in the Athletic Department as the Director of Marketing and Promotions. He helped secure long-term marketing deals and oversaw the Penguin Radio Network.
Murphy earned his degree in Physical Education from YSU in 1988.
John and his wife, Linda, have a son John. The family resides in Youngstown. Murphy has always had strong YSU ties. His wife graduated from Youngstown State as did his seven siblings and father.