Bob Murphy has been in sports management since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree in communications and media arts from Buffalo State College and received his MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Bob Murphy was appointed President of the Dayton Dragons in February 1999. Murphy was named Executive of the Year by the Midwest League in the years 2000 and 2011. In the year 2000 Bob was named to Dayton Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 in Business.
In the year 2005 he was named Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by the longstanding national sports publication The Sporting News. In 2013, Murphy was awarded the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Everest Award honoring leaders and legends on the I-75 Growth Corridor. Murphy was selected as Minor League Baseball's national "Executive of the Year" by Baseball America. The award is presented annually to one individual from among all executives in 16 leagues and 190 teams across Minor League Baseball.
Under Murphy's leadership, the Dayton Dragons organization set and surpassed numerous milestones. Among the accomplishments are selling out every Dayton Dragons game since its inception in the year 2000; and on July 9, 2011 broke the all-time record for most consecutive home game sellouts when they sold out their 815th consecutive game having broken the 18-year-old record set by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.
In addition, the organization has received several awards during its existence including being honored by the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs as the winner of the John H. Johnson President's Trophy in the years 2001, 2011 & 2012. The annual award honors the individual or club that best exemplifies the standards of the complete baseball franchise. In 2012 the Dragons were also awarded Minor League Baseball's John H. Johnson President's Award which honors the complete baseball franchise, the top honor bestowed by Minor League Baseball.
March 19, 2012 the Dayton Dragons were named as one of five finalists for the SportsBusiness Journal Professional Sports Team of the Year Award. The Dragons are the first minor league team from any sport to be selected as a finalist for the award. The award honors a sports franchise based on an evaluation of "excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes."
Bob and his wife, Kathy, are especially proud of their three children, Kaitlin, Michael, and Colleen.