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Report: WMU's Murray Received Contract Extension

CHN Staff Report

Western Michigan coach Andy Murray signed a contract extension in June 2014 that takes him through the 2018-19 season, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported this week.

According to the report, Murray didn't want the signing announced publicly.

Murray, a former head coach in the NHL and Shattuck St. Mary, is in his fifth season behind the bench of the Broncos. He took over after one season that Jeff Blashill was the head coach, turning around a team that won eight games the year before to win 19 and make the NCAAs for the first time in 15 years. Blashill went to pro hockey, and Murray was the surprise replacement, and continued the team's positive trajectory, winning 21 games in his first season, winning the CCHA Tournament, and making the NCAAs again.

But WMU hasn't been back to the NCAAs since, and last year was its first sub-.500 season since 2009-10. This year, the Broncos just snapped an eight-game losing streak by sweeping last-place Colorado College, but still stands at 6-10-1.

Recently, school athletic director Kathy Beauregard gave Murray a vote of confidence.

"I've coached and I've been there," Beauregard, a former gymnastics coach, told the Gazette. "I know what it's like to have great games and to have games you look back on later. You have teams that develop at different times. ... There has never been any question about his leadership."

There was some question when Murray took the job whether he was really in it for the long haul. Murray said he receives offers, but has always wanted to say. However, other schools use that possibility against him in recruiting, he says.

"He truly is about the student-athletes and working every day as hard as he possibly can for this university and these athletes," Beauregard told the Gazette.

Murray's new deal is for over $300,000 per year.

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