Coach Mike Murray

Mike Murray Jr.

Mike Murray Jr. is the Director of Athletics and Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Saint Joseph High school in Metuchen. Coach Murray recently completed his sixth season as Head Coach with Falcons. In that span, Coach Murray has a 111-65 overall record, 78-26 against GMC opponents, and 16-4 record in the GMC Tournament. Coach Murray has been named GMC Coach of the Year in 2017 & 2021, Home News Tribune Coach of the Year in 2021, and GMC Division Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2021.

In six years as Head Coach, the Falcons and Coach Murray have sent 36 players into college baseball. In that span Coach Murray has worked with another 107+ players that have competed in college in training and club coaching. Saint Joe’s has had six consecutive winning seasons under Coach Murray, posting 111 wins, 3 Division Titles, A GMC Title, and a Non-Public A South runner up. The Falcons have posted seven wins over NJ top 5 ranked opponents and 16 top 20 wins in Coach Murray’s tenure.

Coach Murray also has served four years as Director of Athletics at Saint Joseph in Metuchen. During that time, Coach Murray supervised 5 state championships, 17 county championships, 26 Division championships, 8 coach of the years, and 11 programs with a winning record. Coach Murray was also instrumental in the hiring of Hall of Fame lacrosse coach Tony Calandra and Hall of Fame football Coach Bill Tracy, as well as the reinstituting of the wrestling program and reinstitution of the Saint Joseph Athletics Hall of Fame, which had been dormant for two decades. During that time, 105 Saint Joseph student-athletes went on to compete in collegiate athletics. Coach Murray also helped navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, setting up outdoor signing days during the pandemic for graduating seniors and helping Saint Joseph be one of eight football programs in Fall of 2020 to play all of the scheduled games.

Coach Murray led the 2022 Falcons to their highest state ranking in 14 years, as the Falcons were ranked as high as #3 in NJ and #4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The team won a third straight division title and won 22 games. The Falcons had signature wins over Georgetown Prep (MD) during their spring break trip to DC, and wins over parochial rivals St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic. Mark Gialluisi, the Falcons catcher, was named 1st team All-State and GMC Player of the Year while setting the Saint Joseph single season hit record. The 2022 Falcons featured 11 college commits.

The 2021 Falcons came out of the Covid-19 year strong winning a Red Division Title and GMC tournament championship winning 18 games playing mostly sophomores. Andrew Goldan earned GMC Pitcher of the Year and All-State 3rd team honors pitching the Falcons to a county title. Robbie Carvelli, Tyler Delvecchio, and Mark Gialluisi also earned All-League Honors. Seniors Eric Gonzalez (Geneva) and Colin Leyner (Ithaca) continued on into college baseball off of the 2021 team.

Coach Murray’s most significant contribution to high school baseball may have been in the season that HS baseball didn’t happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Following the cancellation of spring 2020 season, Coach Murray orchestrated and founded the NJ Last Dance World Series, a summer tournament designed to give players who missed 2020 an opportunity to close out their high school careers and compete for a single championship. The event grew to encompass 46 venues, 222 teams, 4,600 players, and featured a playoff round at our state’s minor league parks. The tournament was lauded as the blueprint for a safe return to organized sports amid the uncertainty of the pandemic. Coach Murray’s Falcons won their region, finished in the Top 8, and played in the South Jersey Final Four. You can read more about the Last Dance, coverage, documentary, and more at the Last Dance tab on the website.

Mike is the Director of Demon Jacket summer baseball camps, he also is the manager of the Baseball U North 18U graduating Senior summer club. Mike’s 18u club closed out the summer of 2019 winning the Diamond Nation Blue Chip Tournament.

Coming off of a Non-Public A South state tournament run that saw the Falcons upset Bishop Eustace and CBA, the 2020 Falcons were poised to make another run at Non-Public A South and a rematch with state preseason #1 St. Augustine. The Falcons received preseason recognition in the Top 15 of the poll and were ranked #16 in the preseason Northeast rankings by Perfect Game. Coach Murray’s 2020 roster features nine players committed to play in college including ACC pitching commits Adam Boucher (Duke) and Donovan Zsak (Virginia). Additional college commits include Seb Mueller (Quinnipiac), Matt Sot (Alvernia), Caleb Carter (Brookdale), John Zarnowski (Scranton), Demarcus Shepard (MSU), Nikko Matos (Caldwell), Michael Wojciechowski (Mt. Aloysius).

In coach Murray’s fourth season at the helm in 2019, the Falcons won 20 games for the second time under Mike, captured a Division Title, and were the Non-Public A South runner up, finishing the season as one of the Final Four Non-Public A teams playing in June. The Falcons earned three top 20 wins defeating St. Joe’s Regional, Christian Brothers Academy, and Bishop Eustace. Senior Jake Hellwig broke the Saint Joseph high school program wins record on the mound. Hellwig (County College of Morris), Tom Faggioni (Alvernia), and Derek Zelesnick (Catholic) were 2019 Senior Falcons that continue their career at the collegiate level.

The 2018 Falcons in Mike’s third year as Head Coach posted a fifteen win season, good for the third consecutive winning season under coach Murray. The club posted signature wins against #3 Don Bosco Prep and #9 St. Joseph regional. Jon Sot, a four-year starter, broke the Saint Joseph high school hits record. He continued his career on the gridiron at Harvard University, where he has been twice been named All-Ivy league punter. The author of several big performances on the mound, Kyle Subers, is now the ace at Lafayette college. His rotation mate Nick Estes (MCC), also continued his career in the college ranks.

In Coach Murray’s second season leading the Falcons, the Falcons won the GMC Tournament Championship, had a twenty win season, went 17-3 against GMC opponents, and had eight players earn All-GMC Accolades and two All-New Jersey members.  Kyle Angel was named GMC Pitcher of the Year and joined on first team by Ross Maertz and Brandon Warick.  Jot Sot and Angel were named to’s All-State teams.  In Coach Murray’s second season, the offense raised their team batting average 59 points and slugged 19 HR’s, an increase from one in the 2016 campaign.  Coach Murray was named the 2017 GMC Red Division Coach of the Year and the GMC Coach of the Year.  

In Coach Murray’s first season as Head Coach, the Falcons won 16 games and advanced to the semifinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference tournament.  The team finished in a tie for 3rd in the Red Division with a 9-7 league record.  During the 2016 campaign, The Falcons defeated then #1 team in the state, Steinert, 3-0 in the Autism Awareness Classic. During the 2016 season, the Falcons defeated two state champions from the season prior (Old Bridge, Cranford).  

Coach Murray was a 2012 Union County Tournament Champion and 2013 North II, Group IV State-Sectional Champion while Assistant Varsity Coach at Westfield High School.

Coach Murray played in the San Francisco Giants organization from 2010-2012 where he was named Northwest League Player of the Month, Northwest League All-Star, and was a Northwest League 1st team All-League selection in 2011.  Coach Murray finished his professional career with a .331 career batting average.  Prior to his stint with the Giants, Mike played at Wake Forest from 2007-2010 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

Coach Murray Captained the Demon Deacons and was a three-year starter at Catcher.  During his collegiate summers, Coach Murray won championships in the Valley Baseball League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.  In 2009, Mike was a Cape Cod League All-Star and All-League selection playing for the Chatham Anglers.

Coach Murray was a four-year starter at Westfield HS, twice being named 1st team All-State and was an All-American as a Senior in 2006.  He is a 2016 inductee to the Westfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He is Westfield High School’s All-Time leader in hits (155), at-bats (331), home runs (19), RBI (145), and extra-base hits (59).  Coach Murray hit a school record (.560) as a SR, and is the record-holder for lowest strikeout percentage, striking out in just 12 of his 331 varsity at bats.  

Coach Murray comes from a coaching family, his dad Mike Sr. was a youth coach for more then 20 years in Union County after a playing career in the Chicago White Sox system. Mike’s younger brother A.J. (Georgia Tech) and sister Brittany (Maryland Softball) also captained their Division I teams. Mike’s brother A.J. was the 2011 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Mike Jr. holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Business from the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University, a Bachelors Degree from Wake Forest University and is pursuing his law degree from Rutgers University Newark. He has directed and run club baseball programs across the state, placing local players at top universities across the country.  

Coach Murray lives with his wife Amanda and dogs Deacon and Nash in Cranford, NJ

Coach Murray in the News:

MyCentralJersey December 2015:
Sports on Earth article on Coach Murray and family (August, 2014)
ACC All-Access Feature:
2011 Northwest League Roundup:
Cooperstown Article:

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