Updated: Oct 21, 2019
As the 2019-2020 school year begins strong, Trinity Christian Academy said good-bye to eight-year baseball coach and three-year athletic administrator Gil Morales, who has found a new home at Clearwater Christian School in Ft. Lauderdale. The Conquerors, though, quickly found a gentleman who is well-prepared to take on both roles and more -- a man who is also no stranger to Jacksonville nor to TCA baseball, having faced the Conquerors on the field many times.
Trinity Christian Academy is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Jonathan Murphy as the new athletic administrator and head of baseball, effective immediately.
Coach Murphy comes to us from the Providence School of Jacksonville, where he served the last five seasons as the Stallions' assistant coach under Mr. Mac Mackiewitz. He helped lead the Stallions to a Final Four appearance and two regional finals during his tenure.
Coach Murphy has a proven record in high-level baseball. He won a state championship as a senior at the Providence School in 2008. He then played outfield at Jacksonville University for four years and made the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team in 2009. He was second in the NCAA in stolen bases with 41 as a senior in 2012.
Coach Murphy was selected in the 19th round of the 2012 Major League draft by the Minnesota Twins and reached High-A.
When asked why he chose to come to Trinity, Coach Murphy touted TCA's Christian values and teachings for himself and for the students. "Trinity offers a Christ-centered environment where students are able to grow academically, spiritually, and athletically," he said. "Trinity has a history of excellence both on and off the field, and I wanted myself and my family to be a part of that excellence."
In addition to his strong personal faith, which he will share with the three Bible classes he teaches, Coach Murphy brings a coaching philosophy that focuses on facilitating what the students and athletes already do well while learning new skills. "It is important for kids to learn to control what they can control," he said. "As kids learn to focus on their attitude, effort, and energy, the results will take care of themselves. It is our job as a staff to teach them how to do this consistently and effectively."
Coach Murphy’s life verse is Romans 5:8, which says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." He explains why he lives strongly by this verse: "It is a great reminder that God’s love for us is not conditional on our behavior but rather on His unconditional love and grace."
Coach Murphy is married to Mrs. Camille Murphy, and the couple has three children.
Trinity Christian Academy proudly welcomes Mr. Jonathan Murphy and his family to the Conquerors and the Trinity community.