Chuck Murray returns for the 2014-2015 school year as the Lions' women's head tennis coach. Prior to taking over the women's tennis program, Murray was previously the Mount's head baseball coach from 1997-2013 and prior to that, was the team's assistant coach for three seasons, starting with the baseball team since its inception at the College in 1994. Murray, who has been the Mount's co-Coordinator of Intramurals and Recreation in the past, will take over as Coordinator of Athletic Facilities.
Under Murray’s direction, the baseball team recorded 13 seasons of 20-wins or better, including three, 30-win seasons. Murray finished his Mount career with a 400-301 overall record, good for a .564 winning percentage. He claimed his 400th career coaching victory – all at the Mount – in 2013, when the Lions defeated Anderson University, on April 26, 5-4.
The 2009 season saw Murray lead the Mount to a 27-15 overall mark, 16-6 in the HCAC, good for second place and a berth in the HCAC Tournament for the seventh consecutive season (at that time, the longest current streak in the HCAC). It was their ninth overall HCAC Tournament appearance in 11 seasons.
In 2008, the Mount recorded a 24-18 overall record and won the HCAC regular season championship with a 16-5 mark. The season was capped by Murray winning the HCAC Coach of the Year award. It was the program’s 13th consecutive non-losing season, and 11th season of 24 or more wins.
In 2007, the Mount recorded a school-record 33-11 mark, and qualified to the HCAC Tournament, winning the HCAC Championship for the second consecutive season (going undefeated at 3-0). They moved on to the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional, where they lost two, one-run games. It was their third NCAA Division III post-season appearance over an eight-year time period. The 30-plus wins marked back-to-back 30-win seasons, after a 30-17 mark in 2006.
Murray was also named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 as the Mount recorded a 17-4 regular season HCAC mark and first place finish. In addition, Murray helped lead the Mount to a 27-15 overall mark and runner-up finish in the HCAC Tournament in 2003 and again in 2004.
In 2000, the Lions were the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference champions and Division III Regional runner-up. The Lions have been a member of the HCAC since the 1999 season. Murray has coached three All-Americans while at the Mount, Mark Schorsch (1999), Mark Sheppard (2003), and Steve Matre (2008 and 2009), and six of his former players have been signed to professional baseball contracts: Mike Ayers (1996), Mike McNutt (2000), Dennis McRoberts (2003), Jason Miller (2004), Michael Mayer (2007), and Matre (2010). In addition, he has coached 13 all-region, 107 all-conference players, and two conference Most Valuable Players while at the Mount.
Murray began his baseball coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, Cincinnati’s Colerain High School, in 1984, under veteran hall of fame coach Don Colussi. He helped guide the Cardinals’ baseball program for three seasons and in 1987 he assisted St. Xavier High School Hall of Fame head coach Bill Slinger until 1993.
In 1999, Murray led the Midland Braves to the 1999 Dizzy Dean World Series Championship. He also guided Braves’ teams to World Series appearances in 1989, 1991, 1995, and 1998. After coaching in the Midland ranks for 14 seasons, Murray stepped down as a coach and now serves primarily as an advisor to the program. In addition, Murray has coached former players turned pro: Chris Sexton (Cincinnati Reds), Chris Hook (San Francisco Giants), Ricky Stone (Cincinnati Reds), Sam McConnell (Atlanta Braves), Aaron Cook (Colorado Rockies), Mike Hill (Asst. GM Florida Marlins), Ahmed Plummer (San Francisco 49ers, NFL). He also has had former college coaches under his tutelage that have moved on to coach high school, collegiate or summer team programs.
Coach Murray earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Northern Kentucky University and received a master’s degree from Xavier University. In addition, Murray is a 17-year member of the ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association).
He resides in Colerain Township with his wife, Melissa, twin sons Ryan and Patrick, and daughter Elizabeth.