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Apr 21, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Murry O'Neil

Coach, Football

Murry O’Neil graduated from South Glens Falls High School in 1947, where he was a four-letter achiever. He graduated from Springfield College with a BS and MS in 1951. At Springfield, Murry played both baseball and football. After graduation, Murry was in the Marine Corps.

Murry taught physical education and coached basketball and football at South Glens Falls Central Schools from 1951 to 1954. In basketball, his teams won the Saratoga League in 1951-52 with a record of 16-2, and they were the Saratoga League Basketball County Champions in 1952-53 with a 14-4 record.

After teaching at South Glens Falls, Murry joined the BH-BL Schools in 1954 and started the athletic programs for football, wrestling and track in 1955. He coached Varsity Football for 30 years and retired in 1985. His record for football was 138-103-4, and his teams were Suburban Council Champions in 1968 and 1969, and gold Division Champions in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985.

Murry coached wrestling for 15 years and had an overall record of 53-13-3. He coached the Wrestling Champions in the Western B Division in 1961-62 and 1962-63, and the team was the Sectional Champion in 1963. He coached Varsity Track for 15 years from 1955 to 1970, and his overall record was 119-29-2.

After retiring from BH-BL, he coached football at the following schools: Ballston Spa, Saratoga, Queensbury, South Glens Falls and Spa Catholic, and he retired for Spa Catholic in 2010.

He was president of the CDWOA in 1972-73, and the Clearing House Chairman for Wrestling in Section 11 from 1980-94. Some of his many awards include the Capital District Hall of Fame Amateur Award, First Bulldog Pride Hall of Fame from South Glens Falls, and the BH-BL Hall of Excellence Award from the Wrestling Booster Club.