1964 - 2003
A fixture at CCHS as a beloved teacher and coach for nearly four decades,
Jack Murray was the architect of what is one of the most successful boy's
soccer programs in the state of Massachusetts.
A native of Lowell, Murray attended Lowell High School where he played
baseball for legendary coach Stan Stoklosa. Murray then attended the
University of Maine in Orono, earning a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in
Science before embarking on a 38-year teaching career. After brief stops at
North Yarmouth (Maine) Academy and DCL rival Wayland, Murray arrived
at CCHS in the fall of 1964 to teach in the Science department.
At a school which had been dominated by the great football teams of the 1940's-50's, there was no soccer program at CCHS until 1965, when former teacher Tom Duggan initiated a team. By the fall of 1966 a large number of boys were interested, and Duggan recruited his colleague Murray to coach a freshman/JV team. Murray would continue in that role under Duggan and his eventual successor, Hank Devlin, until 1981. At the same time, Murray became heavily involved in the budding Concord-Carlisle youth soccer program in town through sons Scott, John and Alan, coaching all three boys over the course of the next decade.
In 1983, Devlin stepped aside and Murray began an illustrious 18-year run as coach of the CCHS Varsity team. The program had not won a DCL title since joining the league in 1973, but by 1985 Murray's squad claimed the first of six DCL crowns as co-champions with rival Lincoln-Sudbury. League crowns followed in 1986, '88, '89 and 1990, when the Patriots advanced all the way to the Eastern Massachusetts title game before losing to eventual state champion Duxbury HS.
The 1998 squad was one of Murray's best, racing to a 16-1-1 DCL record and sweeping through the state tournament before dropping a 1-0 decision to David Prouty HS in the Division II state final at BU's Nickerson Field. That squad finished the year at 21-2-1, and earned Murray Coach of the Year honors from the Boston Globe, Lowell Sun and Eastern Mass Soccer Coaches Association.
Over the course of his years, Murray developed a number of CCHS Hall of Famers, and sent scores of players on to play at the collegiate level at the Division I, II and III ranks.
"I have so many great memories of teaching and coaching at CCHS," said Murray. "The victories and championships are memorable, but more than anything it was working with great kids and watching them grow and have success. I was also blessed with some excellent assistant coaches over the years who helped the program have such consistent success."
Murray stepped aside following the 2001 season with a glittering overall record of 208-77-65, including 18 consecutive state tournament appearances. He was succeeded by assistant coach and former player Ray Pavlik '92, who has continued the tradition of excellence and contributed three state titles to the trophy case.
In retirement, Murray has stayed busy refereeing and can often be seen on the sidelines at CCHS games watching the program he helped build continue to flourish.