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Every summer, Murray works camps with Woodstock boys basketball coach Al Baker. He also worked college camps at places such as Marquette and Winthrop (South Carolina). At networking, Murray is a beast.
Every day, every camp, every acquaintance provides Murray another chance to learn something.
“I love to hear X’s and O’s, but also the way they go about running their teams,” Murray said. “I’m really big into culture and how you get guys to respond to different things. That’s my favorite part, seeing how they interact and carry themselves on a daily basis.”
Scotti said Murray’s on the right track with that attitude.
“You may be able to pull just one little detail,” he said. “I really like how they set this up in their locker room. Or I really liked the way they had the scoreboard set up in their stadium. Or how this guy grabbed the attention as a leader. There are little things you can pick up at different places.”
And Murray’s cellphone is full of numbers of coaches he can lean on for questions, to find out what jobs are open and to give him favorable recommendations.
“Those (camps) are used as connecting opportunities and for building relationships with people to help you out in the future,” Murray said. “If I went basketball, it would be the graduate assistant route. That is another step up from manager – more grunt work, anything that needs to get done. If I went the football route, the graduate positions are more coaching-like than basketball, so it’s harder.”
Murray hopes to get an internship next year, either in basketball or football. Scotti also said Murray’s close contact around Xavier with people such as former coach Chris Mack (now at Louisville), current coach Travis Steele and his staff, and athletic director Greg Christopher, only can be beneficial.
“You’re dealing with high-profile people in that building every single day,” Scotti said. “You have the athletic director and the basketball coach on the same floor, all the really important people. So every single day you’re around a lot of people doing really important jobs. As a result of that, you have to be really mature and handle yourself in a certain way. Spike has done that.”