Subsequent to going through almost thirty years living in West Sound, Craig Murray sat in the driver’s seat of a moving truck Wednesday, guiding toward his new home objective in Arizona.
The previous Olympic College men’s ball mentor is pursuing business openings in the desert. He’ll interface with previous Rangers player BJ Letcher, who runs an expert/school/secondary school ball preparing program in the Scottsdale region.
“I got an opportunity to foster a ton of good associations with a many individuals on the Kitsap Peninsula, some incredible children. I’ll generally been in touch with those individuals,” Murray said. “Yet, for our family, we are anticipating the chance in Arizona.”
Joined by his better half Megan, child Marcus and little girl Kinsey, Murray said the COVID-19 pandemic achieved obstacles in his expert life that left him doubting whether an adjustment of area may be a predominant option for his family.
Arizona is that change. It’s a state Murray visited various occasions throughout the long term. He opposed opportunities to move there before. He didn’t this time.
“As the pandemic occurred, I had the option to go to and fro significantly more and see there was more freedoms down there,” Murray said. “It just felt right.”
Murray trusts OC will be in acceptable hands with new lead trainer Ryley Callaghan, saying that “the local area will partake in the individual and the item he will assemble.”
What Murray isn’t certain about is who will accept the responsibility for ball preparing in West Sound. Murray coordinated his Total Package improvement program for almost 20 years and pulled in large numbers of Kitsap County’s top players throughout each and every year. Focusing on essentials and individual development, Murray raised the ability level in a space that frequently battles to deliver school possibilities.
Name every one of the quality players who have come through Kitsap County in the previous twenty years. Odds are Murray played a type of job in their turn of events.
“Who will make up for that shortcoming?” Murray inquired. “I truly don’t have the foggiest idea.”
Murray isn’t intending to restore Total Package upon his appearance in Arizona, yet the program could arise again sooner or later. He’s anticipating getting his youngsters settled as they eye the beginning of their secondary school vocations. Both Marcus (eighth grade) and Kinsey (seventh grade) are best in class players.
Murray bemoaned the way that he didn’t lead OC to more accomplishment in the wake of becoming lead trainer in 2016. He posted one winning season (14-13) in 2017-18, however completed his vocation with a 32-77 record generally speaking. Murray accepted he set up a quality group in 2020-21, however the Rangers couldn’t contend because of COVID-19.
“With the folks returning and the new folks I had enrolled, I thought it would have been a great year for us,” Murray said. “I feel sorry I couldn’t satisfy that piece of it.”
Had the COVID-19 pandemic not occurred, there’s a possibility Murray never investigates his chances and stays close by West Sound.
All things being equal, he will make his effort in Arizona and he’s not thinking back.
“The Kitsap Peninsula gave me all that I needed,” he said, “however I likewise needed somewhat more.”