Longtime University of Montana head athletic trainer Dennis Murphy has announced his retirement effective June 30, Murphy said Thursday.
Murphy began working at UM in 1980 and took over as the head athletic trainer when Naseby Rhinehart left in 1982.
“I actually thought when I took the job I would have it for 30 years, but I got to the point that I kept on doing it because I enjoy it,” Murphy said. “But now I’m getting married and I might have better things to do.”
Murphy, who grew up in Ovando and Ronan, graduated from UM in 1975 and did his postgraduate work at the University of Arizona.
“He’s done great things and we appreciate his service to student-athletes and this department,” UM athletic director Kent Haslam said.
Haslam said he could not comment on rumors that other longtime athletic department employees would be leaving as well.
“I can’t talk about specifics when it comes to personnel,” Haslam said. “It’s not legal and I can’t go down that path.”
“People who work in the athletic department work long hours and they’re grossly underpaid for the hours they put in,” Haslam added. “I’m appreciative of people who sacrifice so much, that work so hard. We’ll continue to put our focus on student-athletes and their performance in the classroom and on the courts and fields and making sure that we’re always doing things the very best that we can.”
Murphy said the highlights of his more than 30 years of service were the relationships he formed.
“The athletes I’ve worked with over the years and those relationships,” Murphy said. “And the athletic training students I’ve had the opportunity to mentor, seeing them go on and prosper.”
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