In his year and a half with the organization, former Chihuahuas manager Pat Murphy was extremely popular with fans in the El Paso community. He is a former longtime college baseball head coach, and he has been successful with his offseason camps for kids in Phoenix. Now a bench coach with the Milwaukee Brewers, Murphy returned to El Paso yesterday to announce the formation of the Pat Murphy Baseball and Softball Academy--Chihuahuas NeXt.

"I absolutely love El Paso and the chance to remain connected to a city and professional baseball organization that means so much to me," Murphy said in the official press release. "Allowing me to help create opportunities for our kids in the El Paso region really drives me."

El Paso Chihuahuas.
El Paso Chihuahuas.

The academy will consist of eight baseball and softball fields with an adjacent indoor facility, which will be built in the northeast part of El Paso near Cohen Stadium. Land acquisition for the complex is already in the process, and construction will begin as soon as the acquisition is completed. Murphy and Chihuahuas management teamed up with Dr. Dwayne Aboud, Gary Sotir, Executive Director of the El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association and Steve Sotir, Director of Baseball Operations for the EPBYAA.

This news is great for El Paso, since Dr. Aboud had spent years trying to bring a top notch baseball and softball academy to El Paso. With the help of Murphy and the Chihuahuas, his dream will soon become reality.

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