Algonquin, IL- Head baseball coach Jamie Murray has finished his 5th year at Jacobs High School. He took a program from not very good to quite exceptional. Murray’s career record (all at Jacobs) sits at a very impressive 119-67 / .640 winning percentage. The Golden Eagles have won 4 consecutive Regional titles and have a 3rd place finish in the 2014-15 4A IHSA state play offs. Baseball, though, is only a small part of what makes Murray tick.
From losing his father far too early to leaving his home state of Connecticut for Peoria, Coach Murray has a great story to tell. He learned from some of the best coaches in the game. Gaining knowledge from legendary Bradley University head coach Dewey Kalmer (1032 career wins) to Mike Olson from Peoria Central HS, Murray is always looking for ways to improve his product.
As a Special Education teacher, Murray helps children with the greatest needs, and that is a noble task. He talks about his current and former players more like a close uncle than a high school coach. He is a great family man (wife Jami and sons Jaxsen & Braden) but also a relentless baseball coach who schedules the most difficult opponents to prepare his teams for the IHSA playoffs. But besides getting his teams post season ready, he also gets them ready for life after Jacobs.
We sat down with Coach Murray on the last day of their summer camp for young players aspiring to be future Golden Eagles. Take a seat and a cold soda and listen to Murray open up his life for all to view. You won’t be disappointed!