Coached by the legendary Bob Hurley, the St Anthony Friars are the most dominant high school powerhouses in the nation. Assistant Coach Dan Murphy is a lot more reticent when it comes to the titles- labelling the team as just the third or fourth best, per rankings. However, as they do, scouting reports don’t tell the whole story. Behind the 1100+ wins, 24 state championships and 4 more national championships since coach Hurley took charge, there are tens of thousands of hours of preparation and hard work.
Coach Murphy has been an assistant coach to coach Hurley for 3 years, when after having attended one of his clinics he received an offer that he could not refuse. Last week, we sat down with him to gain a special insight into what it takes to build a championship winning program. What immediately struck us following the interview was how much dedication it took. Like the most successful, innovative companies- the Apples and Teslas of the world, a lasting legacy requires coaches to create a culture. When Coach Murphy was recounting stories of his time at St Friars we learned that this culture was created by an acute attention to detail, in every moment of practice, and enabled by a detailed plan. Today, we give you some advice on how to build a championship winning program from the top down- from planning to culture to practice.