July 19, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Michael Murray has been named assistant men's tennis coach at East Carolina University, announced head coach Shawn Heinchon on Thursday. Murray joins the Pirates after spending five years as the head boy's and girl's varsity tennis coach at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem.
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.
"We are fortunate to have Mike as our new assistant coach," Heinchon said. "This is a great catch for us. I have known him for a long time; his leadership and passion for tennis will no doubt help our program."
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.
"I want to thank Coach Heinchon and East Carolina University for this fantastic opportunity," Murray said. "I am excited to be a Pirate and I can't wait to help our team get better."
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.