HEAD COACH FREDDIE MURRAY
Freddie Murray is entering his third year on the coaching staff for the Grambling State University women’s basketball program and his first year at the helm as head coach.
Last season Coach Murray took over the program as the interim head coach following the departure of former head coach Nadine Domond. In the 2016-2017 season the Lady Tigers went on a stretch of winning 10 straight conference games. This streak helped the Lady Tigers win a share of the regular season SWAC Championship for the first time since 2000 with a record of 14-4 in conference play and an overall record of 18-14, earning the #1 seed in the SWAC Tournament. Grambling would win both of its first two SWAC tournament games by double digits, and make its first appearance in the SWAC title game 17 years.
Despite falling to Texas Southern in the SWAC Championship Game, Grambling made its first postseason appearance since 2000 earning a bid to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). In the first round of the WNIT, Grambling made history, becoming the first SWAC school to win a postseason game, NCAA or WNIT, by defeating SEC opponent Ole Miss 78-75. The Lady Tigers would fall in the second round of the WNIT to Tulane University. The success of the program under Coach Murray’s leadership earned him SWAC Coach of the Year honors and prompted Athletics Director Paul Bryant to promote him to be the permanent head coach of the Lady Tigers. Murray was also named BOXTOROW Co-Coach of the Year for the 2016-2017 season. Grambling would notch its second straight winning season, finishing with an overall record of 19-15.
For the 2016-2017 season point guard Shakyla Hill earned 1st team All-SWAC and BOXTOROW 1st Team All-American honors, averaging 15.0 points per game along with an average of 7.8 rebounds per game. Hill also shot a conference best 48.2% from the field and averaged a conference best 4.2 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game. Jazmin Boyd was selected as a 2ndTeam All-SWAC pick for the 2016-2017 season, averaging 11.8 points per game and was tied for 3rd in the conference in three-pointers made (50).
The veteran coach arrived at Grambling in 2015 and helped Coach Nadine Domond and the Lady Tigers reach an impressive 17-14 overall record and 13-5 record in conference play. Two players were selected as All-SWAC performers – Jazmin Boyd (SWAC Freshman of the Year) and Shakyla Hill (2nd Team All-SWAC). Hill was also selected as a 2nd Team BOXTOROW All-American. Coach Domond was selected as the SWAC Coach of the Year.
Murray was assistant women's basketball coach at Florida A&M University from 2010-2015. Murray assisted the FAMU Lady Rattler program to their best record in 2010 when they finished the season 22-8. During his time there he coached Antonia Bennett (2012) and Jasmine Grice (2014) to MEAC Player of the Year honors and later professional careers overseas. Grice would ultimately go on to lead the nation in assist and finish in Top-10 in scoring both achievements during the 2009 season.
Prior to joining the FAMU staff, he was an assistant coach at North Carolina A&T State University twice from (2003-2005) and (2007-2010). But it was during his return to North Carolina A&T (2007-2010) where he experienced more success helping to guide the Lady Aggies to three MEAC Regular Season Championships and trips to the NCAA and WNIT Tournaments.
In 2009-10 after winning the MEAC regular season title they participated in the WNIT inevitably advancing to the WNIT Sweet Sixteen, posting wins over Wake Forest and UNC-Charlotte in the first and second rounds becoming the first HBCU women's team to win two consecutive games in postseason play. They would later lose to Miami 84-77 in the third round ending their dreams of winning the WNIT. Miami would eventually lose in the Championship game.
In addition, the Lady Aggies also broke the school record for most wins in a season with 26 victories in 2008-09. During this period Ta'Wuana Cook went on to be the program's first MEAC Rookie of the Year, the schools second all-time leading scorer and all-time leader in assists, Lamona Smalley was a two-time MEAC All-Tournament Performer and Brittanie Taylor-James was MEAC Player of the Year (2009).
Prior to joining the North Carolina A&T staff, Murray coached at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where he served as assistant women's basketball coach from 2005-2007 and was later named interim head coach mid-way through the 2006-2007 season.
Coach Murray began his college-coaching career at his alma mater Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, first as a volunteer assistant with the men’s program in 1999 and later as a graduate assistant coach (2001-2003). There he helped guide the Lady Tigers to the 2003 Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season title and finish with 23 wins that season. He also assisted in coaching 6’7 center Amie Williams who would the SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference player in 2003.
Murray, a Jackson, Mississippi native, holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Jackson State (1990).