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Ann Murray
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
1995 Individual Award Winner


 

In twenty-seven years as girls varsity basketball coach at Centralia High School Coach Ann Murray accumulated a record of 486-228, nine South Seven Conference titles, fifteen Regional crowns, five Sectional championships, four Elite-Eight appearances, and in 1977 they took fourth place in the first ever IHSA girls state basketball tourney.

 Her 1993 and 1994 teams each won 29 games with the latter being undefeated until their state tourney loss.  She received the IBCA District 19 Coach of the Year award five times.

Murray was also the first girls track coach at CHS (1973-75), winning a conference title in 1975, and was the first girls softball coach in 1979. When she arrived on the CHS scene in 1970 she guided the girls intramurals. In 1972 she entered a few girls in the IHSA tennis regional held at C.H.S.

The Murray family has the distinction of being one of the few in which each member has appeared in a State Basketball Tournament.  In addition to Ann's appearances, her husband Tony was a scorekeeper in the 1987 and 1988 State Tournaments, their daughter Jodi was a member of the 1993-94 Elite Eight team, and her son Drew played with the 1998 Boys Elite 8 team.

In 1995 Ann was inducted into the Illinois Girl’s and Women’s Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and in 2000 she was inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame.


 

 

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