Posted: 3:24 pm Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Tommy Murphy out as Elev8 Sports Institute baseball coach 

By Matt Porter

Elev8 baseball director Luis Alicea said the program and former coach Tommy Murphy have parted ways.

Alicea did not want to discuss the specifics of Murphy’s departure, but called him “a good guy” and a friend.

“I’m sure he will very easily find another coaching job because he’s a great coach,” said Alicea, who played at Florida State and spent 13 years as a major league infielder.

Murphy said he was informed of the decision last Wednesday. He said he was “shocked,” and remains so.

Informed of Alicea’s comments, he said: “He handled it professionally. I guess I’ll handle it professionally, too: I have no idea.”

“I poured my heart and soul into it,” he said. “I felt like I was doing a good job making a difference in kids’ lives. I felt really good about everything. I saw myself being there for a while and helping build something that would change the way kids prepared for baseball careers.”

Murphy, 33, played at FAU and spent parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. In August 2012, the Delray Beach-based Bucky Dent Baseball Academy re-branded itself as Elev8 Sports Institute.

Alicea said Elev8 will interview several new candidates in the coming days.

“The mission hasn’t changed,” he said. “We want to develop players. We want to transform kids.”

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