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Luke Murray completed his second season with the Colorado State volleyball coaching staff in 2015. The assistant coach was hired by Head Coach Tom Hilbert on May 20, 2014. Murray works with the team's middle blockers, in addition to being the program's scouting coordinator and handling a large portion of its recruiting.
In season No. 2 with Murray on the sidelines, the Rams went 26-4, including an unblemished 18-0 mark in Mountain West action. CSU rode a 20-match win streak into the NCAA Tournament, and reached a season-best national ranking of No. 9. CSU's middle blocker duo of Acacia Andrews and Alexandra Poletto were dominant, with both players ranking highly nationally in both blocks and hitting percentage.
In his first season on the Rams bench, CSU had a banner season, going 31-3 - the second-best winning percentage (.912) and second-highest win total in program history. The Rams won the Mountain West, were ranked as high as No. 6 nationally and advanced to the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA tournament.
Murray helped mentor five All-Mountain West selections in 2014, including middle blocker Kelsey Snider - who led the team in blocking - and Deedra Foss - who was named the Mountain West Player of the Year and the first AVCA All-America setter in school history.
As a team, CSU ranked high in several statistical categories, including 27th for blocking, averaging 2.67 per set. Additionally, Murray helped CSU to a .280 hitting percentage (seventh in the NCAA), .151 opponent hitting percentage (12th), 13.23 assists per set (17th) and 14.18 kills (18th). CSU was the only team in the country to rank in the top 30 for each category.
Prior to his arrival in Fort Collins, Murray spent two seasons (2012-13) as an assistant at East Tennessee State. With the Buccaneers, he guided the team to a pair of conference titles and a 45-22 overall record. In 2012, ETSU went 23-13 and appeared in the school's first-ever NCAA tournament after running the table during the Atlantic-Sun tournament. A year later, the Buccaneers went 22-9 and won the regular-season title.
Murray worked with the ETSU setters, the position he won a national championship at while playing for Penn State. As ETSU's top assistant, he also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and assisted with scouting and academics.
ETSU setter Jamie Rutledge averaged 10.79 assists per set in 2013 (52nd in NCAA), in addition to earning several community service and leadership awards. Murray also coached Megan Devine, the 2012 Atlantic-Sun Player of the Year and tournament MVP. Devine was also named a 2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. Aside from setting, ETSU's offense was in the top 50 nationally for hitting percentage in 2013, and on defense, the Buccaneers ranked 19th in the NCAA with 2.77 blocks per set.
Even with a successful start to his coaching career, Murray is best known for his playing experience. The former setter helped Penn State to a national title in 2008, being named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. As a senior that year, Murray was also tabbed as an AVCA second-team All-America selection and the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on March 27, 2008.
The two-time captain and first-team All-EIVA selection finished his career with 3,191 assists, which ranks seventh all-time in Penn State history. The Nittany Lions advanced to the semifinals or national championship all four years Murray was on the roster (2005-08). He played for head coach Mark Pavlik.
Following his collegiate career, Murray trained with the U.S. National Team in Anaheim, Calif., under Hugh McCutcheon and Alan Knipe (2008-09, spring 2011). From there, Murray played professionally in Cyprus and Puerto Rico (2009-12).
Murray spent three summers as a volleyball clinician with U.S. Elite Volleyball (2011-13), where he co-ran a clinic designed to help coaches implement effective practice methods. Prior to that, he spent two summers (2009-10) as the lead coach for Gold Medal Squared.
Away from the court, Murray has helped his players to plenty of success in the classroom. During the 2012-13 academic year, ETSU held a 3.59 grade-point average, with four student-athletes being placed on the Atlantic-Sun All-Academic Team, and during his first season at CSU seven players earned Mountain West Academic All-Conference honors.
Murray, a native of Washington, Pa., graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He is married to the former Kendall Grow.
|20012-13||East Tennessee State||Assistant Coach|
|2014-Present||Colorado State||Assistant Coach|
|2005||Penn State||Player||NCAA Tournament Semifinals|
|2006||Penn State||Player||NCAA Tournament Finals|
|2007||Penn State||Player||NCAA Tournament Semifinals|
|2008||Penn State||Player||NCAA Tournament Champion|
|2012||East Tennessee State||Assistant Coach||NCAA Tournament First Round|
|2014||Colorado State||Assistant Coach||NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals|
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