North Middlesex Girls’ Basketball Coach Pat Murphy Stepping Down
TOWNSEND -- Pat Murphy, the longtime head coach of the varsity girls’ basketball program at North Middlesex Regional High School, announced on Friday that he is stepping down from the position.
Murphy, who also previously coached softball at the high school, confirmed via text Friday evening that he would not return to the team this winter, simply stating, “I have decided to end my coaching career after 40 years at NM.”
Under Murphy’s leadership, the North Middlesex girls’ basketball program has enjoyed tremendous success. Last winter, the team clinched the Mid-Wach C league title, while star senior Hadley Beauregard set the program record for career points with 1,288. The team played its way into the Central Mass. Division 2 quarterfinals, on the heels reaching the Western Mass. Division 2 semifinals in 2016.
While preparing to start his 38th season as head coach at the school last winter, Murphy explained that it was the athletes and their love of basketball that kept him coming back year after year.
“It’s the kids,” Murphy said during a Dec. 7, 2017, interview. “They’re a great group of kids to work with and coach. I’ve always said that when it stops being fun, that’s when I’ll walk away. But these kids make it fun. I look forward to coming out every day and working with them.
“We’ve had some really good years and we’ve had some tough years. But the wins and losses or the championships, they have nothing to do with the chemistry or the character of the kids.”