Murphy talks about becoming 5th boys coach to win 600 games
SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- Tuesday night Seymour boys basketball coach Jon Murphy became the fifth boys basketball coach in the state to win 600 career games as the Thunder topped Luxemburg-Casco, 84-63, in a Division 2 boys basketball regional opener.
Murphy joins Jerry Petitgoue (Cuba City/Gratiot), Bob Letsch (Racine St. Catherine's), Tom Desotell (Sheboygan North) and Tim Anderson (Auburndale) as the only coaches to reach 600.
As expected, Murphy downplayed the accomplishment after the game.
"It's not something you ever set out to do, but I guess it's a testament to my longevity and being able to work; this is my fourth decade working with kids and I look at that and it's amazing that happened," Murphy said. "I just feel like I've been the right guy in the right place. This community's been great. To me, those numbers don't mean much, I just have to win Friday night, I have to find a way to win and that's how I've gone through my career."
Murphy's next game is Friday at Pulaski in a regional semifinal and that's all he's concerned about. He said some day he might look at his coaching career.
"You're just looking ahead to the next one," said Murphy, whose team is 14-9 this season. "I guess that's the curse of coaching. I've been fortunate. I feel like I've been a kid my whole life. At some point I might look back and recognize it as quite a milestone and believe me, I know it's a great milestone.
"Right now I'm in the moment. When I'm done with coaching in a few years then I'll look back at these things and maybe appreciate them."
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