Riptide Hire Assistant Coach Murry
October 19, 2018
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick — The Saint John Riptide have hired Tarale Murry as their full time lead assistant coach for the 2018-19 season.
“Tarale is a tremendous addition to our staff. He has played a key leadership role at both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University and he, quite simply, makes any organization he is a part of better,” head coach Nelson Terroba said. “Tarale will be great with player development, scouting, and he will be a great mentor and advocate for all of our players.”
Most recently, Murry served as a graduate assistant at Texas A&M University. He led student-athletes through individualized workout sessions outside of practice and games and worked behind the scenes as a liaison between players and coaching staff while helping with camp and other administrative roles.
“I worked with players in all positions, serving different roles, who possessed unique learning styles, motivation, and work ethic habits. I learned more about the professional game and the skills/drill progressions that are most effective for developing excellence in fundamental aspects of the game,” Murry said about his time at Texas A&M.
Before that, Murry was a walk-on at the University of Texas. While there, he played an integral role behind the scenes as the ultimate connector and teammate.
“Between the lines, I experienced and gained understanding of what high level work ethic entails: both physically on the court and mentally beyond the court. Players that aspire to make permanent changes and improvements to their skillset and basketball IQ must constantly and conscientiously reinforce positive habits through additional work outside of practice, as well as, the oft forgotten and less talked about film/game breakdown,” Murry said of his time at Texas. “More importantly, I experienced how to develop and build authentic and fruitful relationships between players, coaches, trainers, and interns.”
“Tarale is the kind of guy who earns everyone’s trust and respect. He does that through his authenticity, his honesty, and his genuine desire to help others in all aspect of life–not just basketball,” Terroba said. “In addition, he is a great teacher, is a critical thinker and is an elite problem solver. He will be great on the court with our guys and will value preparation in all he undertakes.”
Murry has mentored youth as part of the S.T.A.N.D Foundation helping create curriculum to help youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds and was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar while at the University of Texas. He has been a baskeball skills trainer in Austin, Texas, and has worked as an assistant coach with the Austin Royals home school basketball team when he has not been involved with his university teams.
“As a coach, I’m afforded a unique chance to educate and train individuals from all walks of life at different stages in life, with a singular team goal while also being able to inform and contribute individualized goals for each player,” Murry said.