Brockport State's Don Murray Becomes Longest Active Coach in Division III
August 07, 2018

 


BROCKPORT, N.Y. – After completing his 48th season at the helm of The College at Brockport wrestling program, head coach Don Murray claimed the title of the longest active tenured head coach of any sport in Division III.

Murray surpassed King's College's head coach, Ned McGinley, who was a 48-year veteran for the Monarch's, and retired following the 2016-17 academic school year. Murray, who will enter his 49th season in 2018-19, has a decorated career leading the Golden Eagles, as well as national caliber athletes at the USA Wrestling, Worlds and Olympic levels.

"We are extremely lucky to have such a titan of the wrestling world lead our team," noted Brockport Director of Athletics, Erick Hart. "Coach Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our wrestling program, and the success of the team speaks volumes. Don Murray has become a pillar of not only our Brockport Athletics department, but at our institution as a whole."

The Brockport wrestling program is no stranger to success, thanks to the leadership of Murray. He has led the team to a total of five NCAA Team Championship titles, 13 Final Four appearances, a National Dual Meet Championship, 37 Conference and three New York State Collegiate titles. He leads a program that has set an unprecedented record of 54 straight winning seasons, with no exception to end the 2018 season. In 2018, the Green and Gold saw three Golden Eagles earn the honor of All-American, with Jonathan Haas, Triston Engle and Sean Peacock all finishing in the top-eight at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American status.

Stepping away from the mat, Murray is an integral part of the Brockport College community, serving in several capacities across campus. Murray serves as a professor, and the president of the Brockport Auxiliary Services Corporation, and has been honored with several campus awards.

Murray was honored in 2016 as the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from The College at Brockport for his relentless dedication to the overall wellbeing of the Brockport campus and community. He's also consistently been recognized as one of the faculty or staff members that has had a positive influence on the most Brockport graduates, as voted by alumni in an annual survey. Murray has received a SUNY Chancellor's Award of Excellence for Outstanding Service to the College for his academic work with student-athletes and for his high graduation rate. He also has received a Brockport Student Government Award and been honored with two Faculty Senate proclamations for excellence.

You can catch Coach Murry, and the rest of the Golden Eagles back in action, when they open their 2018-19 season on Nov. 3 in the Brockport Open.





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