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Coach Don Murray's Hall Of Fame Career

by Kaleem Mogent-Sports Editor
Thu, Feb 16th 2017 01:00 pm
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr
Photos courtesy of Brockport Athletic Communications via Flickr

  Wrestling Head Coach Don Murray has been coaching for 47 consecutive seasons at The College at Brockport.  I was not even alive for half of those years. Next year, if he continues coaching here he will tie the record for most consecutive years coached at The College at Brockport.  

Brockport wrestling has a legacy of its own, with 54 winning seasons. Now, think about this fun fact: Murray has coached 47 of those seasons.  

 It is an understatement to say that he has coached here for a long time has done a fantastic job with his athletes.  

Brockport and Murray are a match made in heaven.  He is as consistent and dedicated as they come when it comes to leading this team.

 Furthermore, he has had one of the longest tenured wrestling coaching careers in NCAA history.  His legacy is even more substantial boasting five NCAA team titles, 13 Final Four appearances, 36 Conference and three New York State (NYS) titles.  To top that mouthful off, he also has one National Dual Meet Championship under his belt.

 Murray has been recognized by the Division III conference as well naming him the National Division III Coach of the Year twice.  He has coached an astounding number of All-Americans, all together is a list of 136 wrestlers throughout his career.  

 Coach Murray does a great job recruiting prospective athletes, cultivating their talent within them, and helping them achieve their goals.  As a result he has recorded an overall dual meet record of 317-75-7.  

 His mentorship doesn't stop on the mat either, he makes sure his athletes stay devoted to their school work too.  

On campus, Murray received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Service to the college for his academic work with student athletes and for his graduation rate. As a  result his recorded overall dual meet record is 317-75-7.

On Wednesday, Feb 8. this past week Murray was inducted into the Section V Hall of fame.  His legendary career just got more storied with this prestigious honor.  If everything else on his resume hasn't convinced you that he is an amazing coach this certainly proves it.  

Recently, the Section V Super Sectionals wrestling championships were hosted in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) here in Brockport.  Combined with this action packed event the Golden Eagles and the University of Scranton were also competing at the meet.  

The wrestling team was not outshined by the action packed  championship matches taking place.  The wrestlers put on a show of their own against the University of Scranton.  With a crowd of nearly 1,500 people in attendance the wrestlers improved to 6-1 with a 26-12 win over the University of Scranton.  

Murray's brightest stars shined despite competing on such a huge stage - or should I say on the mat?

    Jonathan Haas earned an early victory in the meet and has only lost one matchup all season.  No. 5 Sean Peacock who was ranked No. 6 a couple of weeks ago also won his match — up with Scranton's Kevin Pompilio. Triston Engle was one of the wrestlers who sealed the deal with a win towards the end of the meet.

   As a team Don Murray's team is ranked 23rd in the nation  according to intermat.com.  At the time of my last article date the Golden Eagles were ranked higher but this does not take away from the team's hard work and stellar performances.  

 The journey isn't over and if you ask any wrestler on the team or Coach Murray himself it's merely the beginning.  The wrestling team will now gear up for the Mideast Regionals beginning on February 25 in York, Pennsylvania.  There is no doubt that Coach Murray will have his players prepared for all challenges and matchup's as he has repeatedly done for 47 years.      

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