Legendary Wrestling Head Coach Don Murray Secures 50th Consecutive Winning Season
January 28, 2020

 


BROCKPORT, NY – Legendary Brockport wrestling Head Coach Don Murray secured his 50th consecutive winning season on Saturday following dual meet victories over Oswego and Castleton.

In his time as Head coach at Brockport, Coach Murray has collected 356 wins, claimed five NCAA Division III Team National Championships, 27 Individual National Champions, 27 conference titles, and produced 143 All-Americans. Coach Murray is in the midst of his 50th year of coaching at Brockport and currently holds the national title of longest active tenured coach in any sport in Division III.

In addition in to his team's accomplishments, Coach Murray has been named the SUNYAC/Empire Coach of the Year six times (1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 2003), New York State Wrestling Coach of the Year three times (1980, 1983, 2000), and National Division III Coach of the Year twice (1980, 1992). Murray was named USA Wrestling's Person of the Year and FILA Junior World University Leader of the Year in 2007. In 1980, he also was named AAU Man of the Year, given to the person contributing the most to national and international wrestling. Murray was named to the New York State and NCAA Division III Coaches Halls of Fame.

Murray's involvement in international wrestling allowed the College to hold the National Training Camp for both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers for the '76 Olympics. Three times the U.S. Senior World and Junior World Championships have been held at Brockport. Both in '76 and '80, the final wrestle-offs for the freestyle and Greco-Roman Olympic teams were held at the College. In 1992, 1996 and again in the spring of 2002, Brockport hosted the East Regional Olympic Trials.

As chief of the delegation to the Junior World Championships in Vancouver, Murray has been to Norway as team leader for the Senior World Greco-Roman team, and coached the East team in the Annual East-West All-Star Meet in 1984 and 1993.

In the summer of 1998, Murray was the U.S. Team Leader at the Sixth World Junior Greco-Roman Championships in Cairo, Egypt. The day after he returned from Egypt, Murray was inducted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame as an outstanding contributor to the Rochester sports scene. Also in the summer of 1998, Murray was named the Junior (wrestlers under 20) Person of the Year by USA Wrestling.

Among his experience with national squads, Murray was the head coach of the 1975 US Junior World Team that competed in the international championships in Bulgaria, and in the summer of 1990 he coached USA Wrestling's Tour de Monde team at the first Grand Prix Tournament in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Murray also has served as an assistant on three different US Senior World Teams that traveled to the Soviet Union, Turkey, and Mexico.





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