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Murray Named Pitt State Baseball Coach

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PITTSBURG — Matt Murray, who has served as assistant baseball coach at the University of Central Missouri the past five seasons, has been hired as Pitt State's head baseball coach.

Murray replaces Steve Bever who retired following the 2012 season after 22 seasons as the Gorillas head coach.

"We are very excited to have Matt Murray join the Gorilla family as our new head baseball coach," PSU athletics director Jim Johnson said. "Matt has enjoyed tremendous success as a coach in each of his previous assignments and he was very articulate in laying out his vision and blue print for the future of Pitt State baseball. We are looking forward to Matt coming on board and helping us move forward with the Gorilla baseball program."

During the past five seasons, Murray has served as assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for the Mules. He helped guide UCM to three NCAA Division II World Series berths (2008, 2010-11). The Mules captured three MIAA regular season titles and four MIAA postseason tournament championships during his five seasons in Warrensburg, Mo., including both MIAA regular season and tournament crowns this past spring.

Prior to joining the UCM staff, Murray served one season as an assistant baseball coach at Kansas State University in 2007.

He also served for six years as an instructor and head baseball coach at Claremore (Okla.) High School, from 2002-06.  He compiled 151 victories and a .760 winning percentage while guiding CHS to three straight Oklahoma Class 5A state championship game appearances, capturing state titles in 2003 and 2005. His 2005 squad was ranked No. 11 nationally in the final USA Today prep poll. In 2003, Murray earned Oklahoma Class 5A state coach of the year honors from both the Oklahoma Coaches Association and the Tulsa World.

Murray also served as an assistant coach at Claremore from 1998 to 2001, helping the squad to a Class 5A state title in 1999 and a runner-up finish in 2000. Murray got his coaching start in 1994 as the Claremore American Legion Coach. He played his high school ball at Claremore as well, winning a Class 4A state championship in 1993.

A graduate of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., Murray was a member of the 1996 conference title (OIC) squad. Murray earned his master's degree in sports administration from Central Missouri in 2010.

He and his wife Jennifer, also a Claremore native, were married in 2004. They have a two-year-old son, Reed, and an infant son, Grant.

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