Matt Murray Joins Baseball Staff

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head baseball coach Brad Hill announced Thursday the addition of Matt Murray to its baseball staff. Murray brings a wealth of experience and success to Kansas State where he will serve as a volunteer assistant coach and assist with the infielders and hitters.


“We are extremely excited about the addition of Matt to our coaching staff,” Hill said. “He has been tremendously successful as a high school head coach and he really has a deep passion for the game. Our hitters and infielders, as well as the entire program, will benefit greatly from his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.”


Murray spent the previous five seasons as head coach of Claremore High School in Claremore, Okla., and amassed 151 wins and a .760 winning percentage en route to three Class 5A state title appearances and two championships in 2003 and 2005. Claremore’s 2005 squad finished the season ranked 11th nationally by USA Today, while Murray was also named the Metro Lakes Conference Coach of the Year.


In Claremore’s 2003 state title run, Murray garnered Coach of the Year honors from the Tulsa World and Oklahoma Coaches Association.


Murray’s experience in player development is evident at the collegiate and professional levels as 33 of his former players have gone on to play college ball and four, Keith Bucktrot, Gerritt Simpson, Greg Stone and Skip Weast, went on to play professionally.


Prior to being the head coach at Claremore High, Murray served as an assistant coach at the school from 1998 - 2001. Murray began his coaching career in 1994, when he served as both an assistant and head coach for the Claremore American Legion squad.


A graduate of Northeastern State University, Murray was a member of the 1996 OIC Conference Champion squad and also played high school ball for Claremore High.