Murray out as Lady Tigers hoops coach

Freddie Murray was relieved of his duties Monday following seven seasons as the Lady Tigers head coach. (Courtesy Photo)

Grambling State University Athletics has announced a change in leadership of the women’s basketball program. Coach Freddie Murray has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

Murray came to Grambling as an assistant coach in 2015-16 and then took over as head coach in 2016-17. He led the Lady Tigers to back-to-back winning seasons and 19 wins in both 2016-17 and 2017-18, including an appearance in the SWAC championship game in each of his first two years.

Murray and the Lady Tigers won the SWAC Championship in 2017-18 and earned an NCAA Tournament appearance.

However, over the past five seasons, Murray’s record was a mere 55-86, including losing seasons in three of the past four years.

“I’d like thank coach Murray for his service to the women’s basketball program and his commitment to the department and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Trayvean Scott.

Murray, who served as head coach for seven season, finished his tenure with an overall record of 93-115.

Murray was assistant women’s basketball coach at Florida A&M University from 2010-2015. Murray assisted the FAMU Lady Rattler program to their best record in 2010 when they finished the season 22-8.

A national search for a new coach will commence immediately.