The James T. Alton Girls Basketball Program will have a new face at the helm for the first time in almost eleven years. Starting next Monday, Coach Darryl Murray will be taking the reins of the program for the 2019 season. Coach Murray is a Teacher and former Basketball Coach at North Hardin High School.
Coach Murray will be replacing Nicole Coleman, who led the Lady Trojans to one Championship and one Runner-up finish over her decade long tenure at Alton. Coach Coleman is headed to John Hardin to be the new Head Coach of their Girls Basketball program for the 2019-20 season.
Coach Murray comes to JTA with a wealth of basketball coaching and playing experience. “We are looking forward to having Coach Murray work with our kids on a fundamental level, and continue developing a true program between JTA and North Hardin. He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table coaching basketball and mentoring kids at this level,” said Athletic Director Richard Rowland. “I think the girls are excited, and I know I’m looking forward to seeing this season, and the progress that we make moving forward.”
Be her husband’s side this season on the bench will be former Alton Science teacher, Cyndi Murray, who currently teaches at HCS’s College View Campus. “These two working alongside each other are going to bring a family type atmosphere to the program, and that is a new look for us,” said Rowland, “They are going to hold these girls to a high standard, and it will be a fun year for them as well with both of them on the bench.”
North Hardin Girls Basketball Head Coach, Whitney Hooper, said that she is looking forward to working with both JTA and North Middle School to help take her program to new heights this year. “Coach Murray is a stand-up person who will help us take this program to the next level.”
Coach Murray is looking forward to getting back on the sidelines after taking a brief hiatus saying that “With the history of this program both here and at North, it’s going to be very exciting to be back on the sideline with this group of girls. I’m looking forward to getting back at it, and I hope we can do what’s best for these girls moving forward.”