Jim Murphy   Basketball Coach 1977 through 1999

Coached the 1986 STATE CHAMPION Girls Basketball team to a 27-0 record. This is the best single season record of any Hanford basketball team. Coach Murphy (Murph) coached eleven years and finished with 233 wins and 51 losses. This is a .820 winning percentage -- a True Falcon Coaching Legend.

James Thomas Murphy (September 25, 1942 - March 06, 2006)

Birthplace: Great Falls, Montana
Resided In: Richland Washington
Service: March 12, 2006
Cemetery: Sunset Memorial Gardens

With his family by his side, Jim Murphy, 63, passed away Monday, March 6, 2006, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Jim was born September 25, 1942 in Great Falls, Montana, to Jim and Margaret (Crachy) Murphy, but grew up in Roundup, Montana. After graduating from college, he married Nancy Ferguson in 1968. The two moved to Prosser, Washington, where Jim became a teacher and coached several sports. They moved to Richland in 1976. Jim taught at Hanford High School. He also coached football and basketball, eventually becoming head girls' basketball coach at Hanford. He loved to coach and had great success with his teams. In 1986, Jim coached his team to a perfect 27 and 0 record and won the AA Girls State Basketball Championship. His teams won 6 Mid Valley League Championships, 4 district championships, and went to the State Tournament 7 times placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th (3 times). Jim was also selected to coach the West team in the first Girls' All-State game in 1986 which pitted the east-side versus the west-side of Washington state. In that same year, Jim was selected to be a clinic speaker at Eastern Washington University women's basketball coaches' clinic. In addition, the Tri-City Herald selected Jim to coach the first two games of the Tri-City Girls' All-Stars versus the Yakima All-Stars in the "Newspaer Classic."

The most rewarding experiences Jim had were the lasting friendships he formed with many of the players. Each team, including managers and staticians, became one large Falcon family. After Jim retired from coaching, he supported the Hanford teams (both the students and the coaches). Even in his illness, Coach Murph listened to both the boys' and girls' basketball Regional and State tournaments from his hospital bed. Go Falcons!