Mr. Mike Murray
Mike Murray Jr. enters his third season as baseball coach in 2018 and his first year as Director of Athletics in 2017-2018.
In Coach Murray's second season leading the Falcons, the Falcons won the GMC Tournament Championship, had a twenty win season, went 17-3 against GMC opponents, and had eight players earn All-GMC Accolades and two All-New Jersey members. Kyle Angel was named GMC Pitcher of the Year and joined on first team by Ross Maertz and Brandon Warick. Jot Sot and Angel were named to nj.com's All-State teams. In Coach Murray's second season, the offense raised their team batting average 59 points and slugged 19 HR's, an increase from one in the 2016 campaign. Coach Murray was named the 2017 GMC Red Division Coach of the Year and the NJ.com GMC Coach of the Year.
In Coach Murray's first season as Head Coach, the Falcons won 16 games and advanced to the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference tournament. The team finished in a tie for 3rd in the Red Division with a 9-7 league record. During the 2016 campaign, The Falcons defeated then #1 team in the state, Steinert, 3-0 in the Autism Awareness Classic. During the 2016 season, the Falcons defeated two state champions from the season prior (Old Bridge, Cranford). The Falcons will return 6 position players and the three wins leaders on the mound from the 2016 campaign.
Coach Murray was a 2012 Union County Tournament Champion and 2013 North II, Group IV State-Sectional Champion while Assistant Varsity Coach at Westfield High School.
Coach Murray played in the San Francisco Giants organization from 2010-2012 where he was named Northwest League Player of the Month, Northwest League All-Star, and was a Northwest League 1st team All-League selection in 2011. Coach Murray finished his professional career with a .331 career batting average. Prior to his stint with the Giants, Mike played at Wake Forest from 2007-2010 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Coach Murray Captained the Demon Deacons and was a three-year starter at Catcher. During his collegiate summers, Coach Murray won championships in the Valley Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League. In 2009, Mike was a Cape Cod League All-Star and All-League selection playing for the Chatham Anglers.
Coach Murray was a four-year starter at Westfield HS, twice being named 1st team All-State and was an All-American as a Senior in 2006. He is a 2016 inductee to the Westfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He is Westfield High School's All-Time leader in hits (155), at-bats (331), home runs (19), RBI (145), and extra-base hits (59). Coach Murray hit a school record (.560) as a SR, and is the record-holder for lowest strikeout percentage, striking out in just 12 of his 331 varsity at bats.
Coach Murray comes from a coaching family, his dad Mike Sr. was a youth coach for more then 20 years in Union County after a playing career in the Chicago White Sox system. Mike's younger brother A.J. (Georgia Tech) and sister Brittany (Maryland Softball) also captained their Division I teams. A baseball junkie, Mike Jr. has worked in licensing and labor relations at the Commissioner's Office and Excel Sports Management. He holds a Master's Degree in Sports Business from the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University and is pursuing his law degree from Rutgers. He has directed and run club baseball programs across the state, placing local players at top universities across the country.
More on Coach Murray:
MyCentralJersey December 2015:
Sports on Earth article on Coach Murray and family (August, 2014)
ACC All-Access Feature:
2011 Northwest League Roundup: