Tim Murray was hired as Director of Athletics at Marist College on Feb. 17, 1995. His athletic paradigm of commitment, leadership, integrity, discipline and accountability has proven to be a model for unprecedented success and growth for Marist athletics during his tenure.
Under Murray’s direction, Marist athletics has undergone exceptional growth and achievement since joining the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1997, becoming one of the most competitive programs in the MAAC. In the 2013-14 school year, Marist captured its 12th overall Commissioner’s Cup, which is awarded as a symbol of overall excellence in athletics. That total is the most of any school in conference history. The Red Foxes are the only school in conference history to win four consecutive MAAC Commissioner’s Cups, while capturing 30 overall Commissioner’s Cups since Murray began at his post.
On Feb. 15, 2014, Marist became the first school in MAAC history to win 100 conference championships when it captured the women’s swimming & diving title. Through the 2014-15 school year, the Red Foxes have won a conference record total of 106 MAAC championships. In addition, Murray has increased the varsity sports from 20 to 23, adding women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and women’s water polo.
Under Murray’s leadership, Marist student-athletes have also thrived in the classroom and the community. The Red Foxes won the MAAC Pepsi Goodworks Challenge in 2013, 2014 and 2015, which goes to the top conference’s top school for community service. Marist also led the conference in selections to its Academic Honor Roll for the 14th year in a row in the 2014-15 school year.
Murray has overseen the improvement of athletic facilities all over the Marist campus in recent years. In the fall of 2011, extensive renovations to the James J. McCann Recreation Center were completed. The newly-branded McCann Arena now features chair-back seating, video boards and a new playing surface. An 11,660-square foot addition connected to the south end of the McCann Center includes new offices, locker rooms, player lounges, conference rooms, video editing rooms and a film theater. The building also received lobby and restroom renovations.
In October 2007, Tenney Stadium - the home of Marist football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse - opened. The stadium features the DuraSpine FieldTurf playing surface, a modern press box, locker rooms, a concession stand and unique lawn-style seating for a capacity of 5,000. The previous fall, the Marist Tennis Pavilion opened on the East Campus. The facility includes eight courts which have the Deco II playing surface.
The improvement of facilities has also included upgrades to the boathouse and waterfront as well as the softball complex on the north end of campus. In August 1997, the doors were opened to the McCann Expansion, a $3 million, 20,000-square foot expansion project that houses a premiere 7,000-square foot weight training facility and cardiovascular center.
Additionally, Murray oversaw the renovation of the McCann Center, including the dedication of the Coaches’ Complex. In 2001, the Dr. Michael J. Maynard Center for Sports Medicine and the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement were added to the McCann Center. The state-of-the-art sports medicine facility boasts a 1,600-square foot treatment room for rehabilitation and treatment and an added tape room to provide for the first-class treatment of Marist student-athletes. The Center for Student-Athlete
Enhancement has provided study carousels, meeting and private tutoring rooms, and state of the art computer technology needed for student-athletes to succeed in the challenging Marist curriculum.
A hallmark of Murray’s administration is his commitment to hosting conference championships. In his tenure, Marist has hosted the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in swimming and diving, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and water polo.
Murray’s devotion to the betterment of collegiate athletics is evident by his involvement in various committees. He served one term on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision Eastern Advisory Committee and NCAA Peer Review Committee, and was a member of the NCAA Championship Cabinet from 2001-05. His involvement with committees at the conference level have included serving as chair of the MAAC Awards Committee, and chair of the MAAC Women’s Basketball Committee. He will begin a term as chair of the MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration in June of 2015. Murray also serves on the MAAC Gender Equity Committee and MAAC Marketing Committee. He was chair of the Marist College annual fund in 2006 and 2007, and served on the Baseball Eastern Advisory Committee.
An active member of the Hudson River Valley community, Murray is a former member of the Board of Directors of both the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and the New Horizons Foundation. Murray began his association with Marist in 1986, when he served as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff for three seasons and helped guide the Red Foxes to an NCAA berth in 1987. He left Marist for six years to serve as Associate Director of Athletics at Iona College.
Murray received his master’s degree in Sports Management from St. Thomas University (Fla.), and a degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University in 1985.
A native of Bridgewater, New Jersey, Murray and his wife, Barbara, make their home in Poughkeepsie with their daughters, Katherine and Lauren, and son, Owen.