Dover Wrestling: New Season, New Coach

Faith Gerdes, Staff Writer

The Dover wrestling team has quite the upcoming season this winter under new coach Josh Murray. This is Murray’s 20th year of coaching but his first year coaching for Dover. Murray is,“looking forward to working with administration, wrestlers, alumni, and parents on this new chapter of Dover Wrestling.”

Murray also states, “The program plans/goals are to bring excitement back to Dover Wrestling and get the numbers up.”

Murray says that his coaching philosophy is, “preparation and organization, wrestling in a classroom for life, defining success, and cultivating a positive attitude.” Murray’s passion and positivity is felt by the team. Sophomore Manny German says, “He (Murray) is a hard working person and cares a lot about the wrestling program, and is trying to flip the program into something much better.”

Murray is going to implement what he calls “Eagle Mentality.” The “Eagle Mentality” helps all athletes feel included on the team and makes the JH and HS teams feel like a family. “Eagle Mentality” is the idea that you get one percent better each day, not only on the mat, but in the classroom and in life. This mentality helps display accountability within academics, the community, and competitions. 

You can also tell that Murray cares a lot about the well being of all students, not only the athletes on his team, as he said, “I want to invest in the pipeline/feeder programs and change the culture that in turn produces classes or groups of kids at the HS level.”

Not only is Murray a positive influence with an organized coaching plan, he is also very experienced. He states that he previously worked at, “Cumberland Valley and most recently Boiling Springs.” He also said, “I wrestled for them and then coached with legendary hall of Fame Coach Clair Rudisill at Northern.”

 Murray says that since the time he has been on the mat, he has been very intrigued with the Dover Wrestling team, because of the “tough wrestlers they produce.” Murray’s first impression of the wrestlers on the team was “young and eager to learn.”

When asked about how they felt about the coach, German responded saying, “He pushes his wrestlers and helps them become better people.”