murray_montageWilliam Murray

Rocky Mount native William “Bill” Murray played football at Duke University from 1928 to 1930, where he was recognized as an All-American. After graduation, he became principal and coach at the Methodist Children’s Home in Winston Salem, where his football teams compiled a record of 69 wins and 9 losses with just 3 ties. He then became the coach for the University of Delaware, turning around a program that previously had 5 losing seasons. Coach Murray returned to his alma mater and was head coach at Duke from 1951 to 1965, where he compiled a record of 142-67-11, including 7 conference championships. During his tenure at Duke, Murray was honored as Coach of the Year in 1952 after the Blue Devils won the Southern Conference Championship. Under his leadership, Duke later won the ACC Championship, Orange Bowl, and Cotton Bowl.

Inducted into Hall of Fame 2013