After nine years as the varsity coach at one of the area’s top basketball programs, New Rochelle’s Bill Murphy resigned from his position on Wednesday.
Murphy’s teams were 160-55 during his nine-year tenure. They won two league titles and reached the County Center three times, including 2005 when the Huguenots upset Mount Vernon and won the Class AA championship. That team finished as the state runner-up.
I had a long conversation with Murphy this afternoon. He said he stepped down to spend more time with his wife and two kids. The commitment of coaching a year-round sport had robbed him of time with them.
“I just had a few things that were taking precedence,” Murphy said. “The kids were great. The place was great. But I need to spend some time with my family. I’ll continue to coach at a lesser level.”
Murphy, whose children are 7 and 9, said it was difficult to commit to the basketball-related events in the offseason.
“It’s really ridiculous that they don’t have pieces in place like they used to,” he said. “It becomes ridiculous after a while. It really, really does. Kids used to play three sports. I don’t like the fact that in basketball, you almost feel compelled to do it year round.”
Murphy gave his resignation to New Rochelle’s new athletic director, Steve Young, in person on Wednesday.
In addition to his teams’ success, Murphy coached 10 scholarship players in nine seasons, including five to Division I: Geoff McDermott (Providence), Antoine Mason (Niagara), Simeon Marsalis (Vermont), P.J. Torres (Duquesne) and Terrence Parkes (Delaware State).