Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Billy Joe Murray at a glance


AGE 66 (born Nov. 12, 1954)

HOMETOWN Morrilton


COLLEGE Arkansas Tech


FAMILY Mother: Roxie; Children: Tracy (41), Billy Sheree (37), Davonte (27) and Billy Jr. (21)

NOTEWORTHY Was a three-time allstate player at Morrilton. … Selected to the Arkansas Gazette’s High School Super Team as a senior in 1973. … Named All-Arkansas Intercolle­giate Conference twice (1974-75). … Served as an assistant coach at Morrilton (1978-1981). … Began his head coaching career at Plumervill­e (1981-82). … Spent seven years as coach and athletic director at Altheimer (1982-1989). … Was the girls coach at Earle (1989-1992) before embarking on an 11-year tenure as coach at Crawfordsv­ille (1993-2004) where he won a state title in 1995. … Returned to Earle from 2004-18 and led the Bulldogs to six state championsh­ips (2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018).

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