Murray Joins ISU Development Efforts|
Dec. 16, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - Mike Murray has made a career out of building relationships and he has always had a passion for development, but until now was never given the opportunity to combine the two. ISU Assistant Athletics Director for Development Matt Lyons announced the hiring of Murray Wednesday, as the Director of Development.
With the Redbirds, Murray will play a key role in selling club level seats for the renovated Hancock Stadium, building the annual fund drive of the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund, reconnecting with former letterwinners and prospecting new donors and season-ticket holders.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity and the timing couldn't be better with the announcement of the Hancock Stadium renovation," Murray said. "It is great to be a part of the momentum that is taking place with Illinois State University and its athletics department. I can't wait to get started."
Lyons is also looking forward to getting Murray on the staff.
"We are thrilled Mike is joining the Illinois State Athletics family," Lyons said. "His passion, enthusiasm and unique skill sets will be a great asset and wonderful addition to our staff. We are eager to get him on board."
Murray joins the Illinois State Athletics Development effort after a 25-year career as a football coach. Most recently, Murray served as the head coach of the Bloomington (Ill.) Indoor Football League team and worked as an assistant coach at Illinois Wesleyan for five seasons, as the offensive coordinator (2006-07), defensive coordinator (2008-10) and the recruiting coordinator. He also worked at IWU from June 1987 to March 1996 serving in a number of capacities on campus.
He worked four years as the head football coach at Dubuque from 1997-2000, while serving a two-year stint as the head coach at Benedictine, in Lisle, Ill., from 2001-03.
As a top recruiter, Murray has a knack for connecting with people and communicating the benefits of being part of a team and understanding the return on investment.
Murray earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan in 1984. He and his wife, Anne, have four children - Laura Kashner, Amanda, David and Bryan.
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