Rob Murray the boy’s cross country and track and field coach at Danbury High School, has been named the Connecticut State Cross Country High School Coach of the Year for 2014 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA).
This is the inaugural year for the USTFCCCA honoring High School Coaches of the Year in each state. State-by-state winners were selected based on their teams’ performances throughout the 2014 season. Additional factors taken into consideration were team score and placement at conference, state and regional championships, and how their teams’ performances stacked up to previous years.
Coach Murray was selected for the award by the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year Committee, and this marks the second time this fall that Murray has received a national honor.
He was recognized as one of eight National Finalists for the 2015 National HS Boy’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in late September.
“We’ve established a tradition of recognizing our nation’s top collegiate coaches on a yearly basis, and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on our best coaches at the high school level,” USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes said.
Murray is considered one of the most successful high school track and cross country in Connecticut history.
He is also a top track and cross country clinician and has been instrumental in the growth and continued development of the O’Grady Relays held at Danbury HS each year.
In addition to his coaching duties, Coach Murray is a physical education teacher at DHS.