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Andy Murray
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Brandon University
Graduating Year: 1972
Experience: 2 Years
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Murray Videos
Andy Murray was announced as the sixth head coach in the history of the Western Michigan men’s ice hockey program on July 26, 2011 and enters his second season at the helm.

Murray guided the Broncos through a successfull 2012-13 that saw Western Michigan spend the entire season ranked in the nation’s top 15 and finish third in the CCHA regular season. Under his guise, WMU also had one of the toughest defenses in the nation, finishing the regular season with the fifth lowest goals-against average in the country.

Western Michigan only allowed 78 goals through the regular and post-season to finish the campaign with a new program record. With the success of the defense, WMU’s Danny DeKeyser was once again named CCHA Best Defensive Defenseman and was also named a Second Team All-American. DeKeyser immediately made the jump to the NHL after playing under Murray, signing with the Detroit Red Wings and helping them to a playoff berth.

In just his first year with the program, Murray led WMU to the program’s second CCHA Tournament Championship after the Broncos defeated Michigan, 3-2, in the CCHA Final. The 2011-12 team first season with a record of 21-14-6 along with a 14-10-4 conference record and a second-place finish during the CCHA regular season. The 21 wins marked the first time the Broncos broke the 20-win barrier since 1996. Also coached WMU to its second-straight, and fifth overall, NCAA Tournament appearance, marking the first time the Broncos have made the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons.

Under his tutelage, defenseman Dan DeKeyser was named Second Team All-CCHA, the CCHA’s Best Defensive Defenseman and Second Team All-American. Fellow defenseman Matt Tennyson was also named Second Team All-CCHA. Freshman Frank Slubowski was named the CCHA Tournament MVP , becoming the second Bronco goalie to earn the honors.

Murray came to WMU with an extensive resume earned at the highest level of professional hockey. He is one of only 39 coaches in NHL history to reach 300 wins with a career record of 333-278-58-71. Murray has 10 years of NHL head coaching experience, spending six seasons at the helm of the Los Angeles Kings and four with the St. Louis Blues. Murray is the Kings’ All-Time franchise leader in wins with 215 and led Los Angeles to three 90-point seasons in his tenure. During the 2008-09 season with St. Louis he was a finalist for the Jack Adams Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Blues to a third place finish in the Central Division.

Murray has spent a total of 20 years as either a head or assistant coach in the NHL. He held assistant coaching positions with the Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota North Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. While he has not coached in college hockey in the United States he did coach at Brandon University, a Canadian college, for three seasons. In his short time he was able to turn Brandon into the top ranked program in all of Canadian college hockey.

To go with his extensive professional coaching background, Murray also brings international experience. He coached Team Canada to gold medals at the 2007, 2003 and 1997 World  Hockey Championships. He is the only Canadian coach in history to win three World Championships and he also held the highest winning percentage as a coach (64-percent) in the history of the Canadian Men’s National Team. He also holds six Spengler Cup Titles (an annual tournament in Switzerland) for Team Canada, a record for the country. He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame as a part of the 2012 class for his part in his three World Championship’s with Team Canada. Murray was also a head coach in Europe, coaching three Swiss professional teams (EV Zug, Zurcher Schlittschuh, and EHC Kloten) and a German team, EHC Berlin, in the early 80’s and early 90’s.

A native of Souris, Manitoba, Murray and his wife, Ruth, have three children, all of which play professional hockey in Switzerland. His youngest son Jordy played for the University of Wisconsin and his oldest son Brady played for North Dakota. His daughter Sarah played Division I college hockey at Minnesota-Duluth, where she was a part of two National Championship teams.
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