by Hanna Grissom
Coach Murphy Martin graduated from Woodville High School in 1987. While in high school, Murphy played football, basketball, and ran track. From playing sports he learned to work hard and how to be part of a team. He also learned how to fail and not give up when things didn't go his way.
Growing up, Murphy played every sport he could. His dad was one of his very first coaches when he played Little League.
"He showed me how to work hard and practice even harder, so I could achieve my goals," Martin said.
He also had many coaches in high school that took the time to help him become a better person and player.
"I felt as if I could help others as well. So I decided to become a teacher and a coach," he said.
Coach Martin went to Stephan F. Austin University where he got his bachelor degree in All-level Kinesiology in 1992.
Murphy has been coaching for 24 years. He coached for three years at Hardin High School, for two years at Woodville High School and for 19 years at Spurger High School.
He is currently the Head Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach, the Head Boys and Girls Track Coach, the Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, and is teaching Special Education in the Junior High and High School.
His main goal as a coach is to treat his athletes with respect and teach them they can do anything they set their mind to accomplish.
"I want to try to instill in them how to work hard, set goals, and accomplish those goals; pushing them hard in practice while relating to them, like my coaches did to me," Martin said.
He wants athletes to give their all in every challenge they might face in life and to treat others with respect.