Dave Murray is in his sixth year as the Mary Jayne Comey and Mac Bristol '43 Head Football Coach at Hamilton College. He led the team to three wins and five players collected all-NESCAC team honors in 2018. The Continentals led the conference in punt return average and interceptions and one player set a NESCAC record for most kick return yardage in a season. Hamilton nearly set a program record for points in a game in a 62-27 win against Bowdoin in October. Four student-athletes earned NESCAC fall all-academic team honors for the second year in a row.
In five seasons, 18 of Murray's players have made the all-conference team, three have received D3football.com all-region honors, and another was a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North All-Star Team. 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). In 2015 Murray guided the Continentals to a 20-17 win at Williams -- at that time Hamilton's first victory against the Ephs since 1996.
Murray has an overall record of 162-130-1 in 29 years as head coach at Hamilton, Alfred University, Lebanon Valley College and SUNY Cortland. He is 15th on the Division III winningest active football coaches list with those 162 victories.
Murray was the head coach at Alfred from 1998 through 2013. 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 and earned a bachelor's degree at Springfield College. He received his master's degree from Ithaca and 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.