Welcome Joseph Murray

TYLER, TEXAS - Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic School is pleased to announce that Mr. Joseph Murray has been named Bishop Gorman’s Athletic Director beginning July 1, 2023.  

Mr. Murray comes to Bishop Gorman having served as Athletic Director of Saint Joseph Academy in San Marcos, California since 2015 where he also coached and built successful middle school and high school football, volleyball, basketball, and baseball programs.  As the head women’s varsity basketball coach, he built an elite basketball program, moving from D5 to D1 in seven years and winning four league titles and a D3 CIF San Diego championship.  He also served as head varsity football coach, turning the Saint Joseph Academy program around to a winning season and 2nd in their league.  During his tenure, he also added and expanded several athletic programs, while serving as the school’s first varsity baseball coach. Mr. Murray has also served as Director of Campus Ministry and Theology teacher.

Mr. Murray visited with Bishop Gorman administrators, faculty, coaches, and students last week in advance of his move to Tyler.  Addressing the student body, Mr. Murray said he was excited to bring his passion for sports and the Catholic faith to Bishop Gorman, adding that student-athletes have the opportunity to be witnesses to their faith and play for something that is bigger than themselves.

Mr. Murray stated, “I am overjoyed to be joining the Bishop Gorman community this coming summer. I am very excited to serve as Athletic Director next school year and join the excellent team of coaches, teachers, staff, and administrators at Bishop Gorman in preparing and forming future saints and missionaries.”

John Kimec, Bishop Gorman’s principal, stated, “We are blessed to welcome Mr. Murray to this critical leadership role to strengthen and guide the Crusader athletic program. Thanks to his extensive athletic administrative and coaching experience, he demonstrates the ability to support the Bishop Gorman mission and vision and strategic plan by helping student-athletes make connections between sports and their faith.”

Mr. Murray received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University. He and his wife have three children.

Mr. Kimec added, “We express our deep thanks to Monica Davis for stepping into the role of Interim Athletic Director with leadership and dedication this school year.  We are grateful for her continued service to our athletic department as Assistant Athletic Director and as a highly valued and successful coach.”