Michael Murray joined the East Carolina men's tennis program prior to the start of the 2012-13 season after spending five years as the head boy's and girl's varsity tennis coach at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem.
In his first year with the Pirates, he helped Joran Vliegen and Colin Roller earn an invitational to the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles' Championships. ECU won 16 dual matches during the season, matching the third-highest single-season total in school history. With Murray's aide, the Pirates finished 86-40 in singles and 42-11 in doubles during the dual match season.
During his five years at Forsyth Country Day, Murray helped guide the Furies to four boys' conference titles and two girls' championships. He also created year-round programs for players of all ages and skill levels as well as a tennis academy.
Murray, a 2003 graduate of Wake Forest University, played four years for the Demons Deacons while Heinchon served as assistant men's tennis coach on the Winston-Salem campus.
Murray ranks among the Deacons' all-time top-10 in singles and doubles victories. He posted 95 individual wins and teamed with numerous doubles partners for 82 triumphs. Both totals ranked third in school history at the time of his graduation.
As a freshman, he set the Demon Deacons' freshman singles record with a team-high 26 wins. The following the year he finished as ACC No. 2 Flight Champion Runner-up and ranked as high as No. 60 in the ITA individual rankings. He finished his collegiate career with 28 singles wins in 2003.
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Murray was ranked as the state's top high school player among the nation's top-20 prospects in 1999. Murray helped the Deacons climb from No. 65 in the ITA rankings the season prior to his arrival to No. 17 during his senior campaign.