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South tabs Murphy as A.D.

Dennis Murphy, head boys basketball coach at South Medford High the pastnine seasons, has been named athletic director at the school.

Murphy, 46, will return to teaching personal finance and will continueto coach basketball in addition to serving as director of the school's athleticprogram.

As athletic director, Murphy will assist coaches with scheduling fortheir teams; support and evaluate other coaches in the program; assist withcommunication between coaches and the administration; and supervise theentire department.

During the winter sports season, he will continue to coach basketball.

From 1989 to '92, Murphy taught personal finance and was an assistantfootball coach and head basketball coach.

Murphy succeeds Dennis Allen as athletic director. Allen has taken aposition as dean of students at McLoughlin Middle School.

When I entered this profession 25 years ago, my goal was to bea coach and athletic director, says Murphy. I happened to bein the right place at the right time to get this job.

If Dennis (Allen) hadn't taken a new job, I wouldn't be the athleticdirector. He (Allen) has done a lot of good things and I hope to continuethat with some of my ideas.

South Medford principal Floyd Pawlowski says he hopes Murphy's energeticapproach to coaching and teaching will help him to be a leader by exampleas athletic director.

Dennis has done a good job coaching basketball and promoting itto his players and to the community, says Pawlowski. He's enthusiastic,and he does such a good job of coaching and promoting his program.

He showed us a lot of good ideas that he has for our athletic department,says Pawlowski. I think he will do real well in promoting and leadingour athletic department.

Murphy says he's an advocate of coaches within a department maintainingharmony and camaraderie through close communication.

That way, we can share ideas, he says. I want to havemonthly meetings with the coaches and talk about ways to have better programs.I think we can all share ideas with each other.

It's not a secret that I consider myself a promoter of my basketballprogram, says Murphy. There are ways to promote programs andmake them better. I'm not saying I have all the ideas. We need to sit downand exchange ideas.

Murphy's teams have won four Southern Oregon Conference boys basketballchampionships in the past nine years. His 1994 team reached the semifinalsof the state tournament and his 1996 team finished third in the tournament.

He was named the 1996-97 Southern Oregon Conference Coach of the Yearafter guiding the Panthers to their second consecutive league championship.He was also voted Coach of the Year by his peers in 1990-91 and '93-'94.

Murphy was a teacher and coach at Sacred Heart School in Medford from1972-75. He coached football and girls softball.

He was head basketball coach and assistant football coach at St. Mary'sHigh from 1975-82. He also served as head baseball coach at St. Mary's forthree seasons.

His 1979 St. Mary's basketball team won the Class 1A state championship,and his 1982 baseball team won a state title. Murphy was an assistant coachin football under Larry Walker for seven years. The Crusaders won threestate championships during those years.

Murphy spent five years as a teacher and assistant football and basketballcoach at Aloha High in Beaverton before returning to Medford in 1988 asa teacher and assistant football and basketball coach at South Medford.

He replaced Mike Ashby as boys head basketball coach in 1989.