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June 15, 2013

Murphy to be inducted into NYS High School Hall of Fame today

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Tonawanda News — Frizzell said Murphy and Skovenski were the perfect pair because they complemented each other so well in their approaches to the game and coaching styles. 

“Murph was a very disciplined coach and he was tough on us, but it was for a reason. He wanted us to be good and he knew we could be good, and Edgy was sort of the yin to the yang of that situation. … I thought Murph was one of the best coaches and I can’t imagine my high school career with any other coach. He was so passionate about every part of the game; like nothing I have ever seen,” she said.

“There were first and third situations that we had nine different plays for. It was like he didn’t sleep at night. He just had so much passion for the game and he instilled that into us.”

No matter if it was his tough-love coaching style or pinching every penny to get the girls new uniforms or down South to play in tournaments, Murphy did everything for his players. He wanted them to get an education — his teams were annually part of the all NYS academic teams — on and off the field so that they would be ready to face the challenges in live that awaited them upon graduation.

Skovenski said that no matter where they go, former players always talk about how much they respected Murphy. Even if, at times, they hated him.

“He made kids accountable in every aspect of their lives in softball season and it spread to after softball season,” he said. “It made the kids accountable. He was tough but the kids respected him.”

When Murphy got the call that he’d be inducted, he was at a loss for words. He said it wasn’t about the accomplishments, but about the people he met along the way.

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