|Recruiting Areas:||N.Y.: Section 2 (Albany) & Section 5 (Rochester/Genesee Valley) Maine, Mass., N.H. & Vt.|
Dave Murray is in his fourth year as the Mary Jayne Comey and Mac Bristol '43 Head Football Coach at Hamilton College. The Continentals won three games under Murray's guidance in 2016 and three players made the NESCAC all-conference team including Tyler Hudson '19, who was voted to the first team on defense. Five student-athletes earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team honors.
In 2015 three of his players made the NESCAC all-conference team and one was selected to the D3football.com all-region team for the East Region. Alex Mitko '16 received the first academic all-America honor in team history as he was voted to the 2015 Academic All-America Division III Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Murray guided the Continentals to a 20-17 win at Williams -- Hamilton's first victory against the Ephs since 1996.
In 2014 Murray coached two players to NESCAC all-conference and D3football.com all-region team honors and one player to a spot on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North All-Star Team.
Murray has an overall record of 156-118-1 in 27 years as head coach at Hamilton, Alfred University, Lebanon Valley College and SUNY Cortland. He is 18th on the Division III winningest active football coaches list by victories with 156.
Murray was the head coach at Alfred from 1998 through 2013. His last season with a losing record at Alfred was back in 2002. He guided the Saxons to the postseason every year from 2004 through 2013, including NCAA Division III championship appearances in 2009 and 2010. Alfred earned a share of its first Empire 8 Conference title in 2009 and captured the conference crown outright the next year. He was selected the Empire 8 Coach of the Year three times.
The highlight of Murray's Alfred coaching career was 2010 when his team ended up 10-3 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. The two NCAA victories were the first in program history. The trip to the 2009 NCAA championship was the first in 28 years for the Saxons.
In 2013, Murray led Alfred to a record of 8-3, including 5-2 in the Empire 8. The Saxons finished the season with a win against Cortland in the 2013 ECAC Division III North Central Bowl Championship game.
Under Murray, Alfred players received six Empire 8 player of the year awards and six Empire 8 rookie of the year honors. Two Saxons were voted ECAC Northwest players of the year and six Alfred players earned first team all-America recognition.
Murray took Cortland to the NCAA playoffs in his first year as a head coach in 1990. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Cortland from 1987 to 1989. He worked with the linebackers as an assistant at Dartmouth College for four years and was a graduate assistant coach for football and track & field at Ithaca College in 1983 and 1984.
Murray has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for more than 30 years and is a member of the National Football Foundation. He is the chairman of the East Region for the Division III All-America selection committee and is on the national board of coaches that votes for the AFCA Division III Top 25 poll.
Murray played linebacker on the football team and earned a bachelor's degree at Springfield College, and he received his master's degree from Ithaca. He also has a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from Cortland.
Murray is a native of Scotia, N.Y., and is a graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School. He and his wife Karin have three daughters, Chelsea, Kailea and Megan.