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August 1, 2023
Dear Student-Athletes and Parents,
I hope this letter finds you well. My name is William Murray, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Athletic Director at H.E. McCracken Middle School. As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, I want to extend a warm welcome to all of you and express my excitement for the approaching sports season.
At H.E. McCracken Middle School, we firmly believe in the power of collaboration, sportsmanship, and camaraderie, which is why our moto is “Think Team.” Our main focus is on helping develop well-rounded student-athletes who excel not only in their sports but also in their academic pursuits.
I bring with me a strong educational background, holding a Master of Science in education from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science from Limestone University in business administration. Alongside my academic qualifications, I have over seven years of experience as an athletic administrator and seven years as a head track and field coach. My passion for sports and education has driven me to uphold the highest standards for our athletics program.
In my role as Athletic Director, I hold several certifications, including Certified Athletic Administrator, Certified Middle School Athletic Administrator, and Registered Athletic Administrator, all accredited by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association. These certifications reflect my commitment to providing a positive and nurturing environment for our student-athletes.
Our philosophy at H.E. McCracken Middle School places academics as the foremost priority, with athletics following closely behind. We firmly believe that a balance between these two aspects is essential for fostering well-rounded individuals who will thrive in all aspects of life.
To achieve our goals, we have set clear priorities for our athletics program, focusing on Athletic Skill Development, Leadership Development, Academic Achievement, and Social Development. Through these key pillars, we aim to shape confident, responsible, and compassionate individuals.
As we embark on this journey together, I encourage open communication and collaboration among students, parents, coaches, and faculty. It is through these strong partnerships that we can truly make a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes.
I am thrilled to work alongside each of you and support our student-athletes as they grow and succeed in their athletic pursuits. Together, we will foster an environment where talent flourishes, character builds, and achievements are celebrated.
Once again, welcome to H.E. McCracken Middle School Athletics program. Let us embrace the spirit of “Think Team” and strive for excellence together.
Looking forward to a rewarding and successful year ahead!
William C. Murray, M.S., CAA
HEMMS Athletic Director