William D. Murray

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William D. Murray
William D. Murray.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1908-09-09)September 9, 1908
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Died March 29, 1986(1986-03-29) (aged 77)
Durham, North Carolina
Playing career
1928–1930 Duke
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1940–1942
1946–1950
1951–1965

Basketball
1944–1945

Delaware
Delaware
Duke


Delaware
Head coaching record
Overall 142–67–11 (football)
3–9 (basketball)
Bowls 3–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 College Division National (1946)
1 Mason-Dixon Conference (1946)
1 SoCon (1952)
6 ACC (1953–1955, 1960–1962)
Awards
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1971)
3x ACC Coach of the Year (1954, 1960, 1962)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1974 (profile)
A bust of William D. Murray located at Delaware Stadium commemorating his record as head coach, National Championship, and College Football Hall of Fame induction.

William D. "Bill" Murray (September 9, 1908 – March 29, 1986) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at University of Delaware from 1940 to 1942 and from 1946 to 1950 and at Duke University from 1951 to 1965, compiling a career college football record of 142–67–11. During his tenure at Delaware, Murray tallied a 49–16–2 mark including three undefeated seasons from 1941, 1942, and 1946. The Delaware had no formal teams from 1943 to 1945 due to World War II. Murray's career record at Duke was 93–51–9, giving him second most wins in program history behind Wallace Wade. Murray was also the head basketball coach at Delaware for one season in 1944–1945. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1974. In 1983, Murray was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. In 1965 he retired as Duke's head football coach and ended his active coaching and was named executive secretary of the American Football Coaches Association, where he served for 17 years.

Head coaching record[edit]

Football[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Independent) (1940–1942)
1940 Delaware 5–3
1941 Delaware 7–0–1
1942 Delaware 8–0
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Mason-Dixon Conference) (1946)
1946 Delaware 10–0 1st W Cigar 19
Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (Independent) (1947–1950)
1947 Delaware 4–4
1948 Delaware 5–3
1949 Delaware 8–1
1950 Delaware 2–5–1
Delaware: 49–16–2
Duke Blue Devils (Southern Conference) (1951–1952)
1951 Duke 5–4–1 4–2 6th
1952 Duke 8–2 5–0 1st 18 16
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1953–1965)
1953 Duke 7–2–1 4–0 T–1st 18 18
1954 Duke 8–2–1 4–0 1st W Orange 14 14
1955 Duke 7–2–1 4–0 T–1st 16
1956 Duke 5–4–1 4–1 2nd 20
1957 Duke 6–1–2 5–1–1 2nd L Orange 14 16
1958 Duke 5–5 3–2 3rd
1959 Duke 4–6 2–3 6th
1960 Duke 8–3 5–1 1st W Cotton 11 10
1961 Duke 7–3 5–1 1st 14 20
1962 Duke 8–2 6–0 1st 14
1963 Duke 5–4–1 5–2 T–3rd
1964 Duke 4–5–1 3–2–1 2nd
1965 Duke 6–4 4–2 T–2nd
Duke: 93–51–9 63–17–2
Total: 142–67–11
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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