College - California
Strength & Conditioning Coach
John Murray is currently in his sixth season as the Warriors strength and conditioning coach. In this role, he is responsible for designing & implementing the team’s strength and conditioning programs. His training approach is based on functionally addressing the individual needs of the players, while incorporating basketball specific exercises.
This past summer, Murray served as a consultant for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, a role he had also served previously for the Latvian National Team (2007- 2008) and at the Pete Newell Big Man’s camp in Las Vegas (2006-2008). Since 2004, Murray has served as a fitness consultant to Cal-Hi Sports, making regular appearances on the weekly high school sports television program. Additionally, during the 2005-06 season, he served as the strength and conditioning consultant to Wheaties brand cereal’s “Get Fit” campaign, in which he was featured on the side of certainWheaties boxes.
Prior to joining theWarriors, Murray served as the director of strength and conditioning for Stanford University men’s basketball for three years from 2001 - 2004. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology, Murray received his M.A. in Clinical Sports Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, where he was named the 2008 Alumnus of the Year.
In his work prior to joining the Warriors, Murray served as a personal trainer for numerous professional athletes, including NBA and NFL players. Along with his personal training experience and expertise, Murray has also worked with the Canadian Football League’s Sacramento Goldminers, the Japanese Basketball League’s Japan Energy Griffins and Bosch Blue Winds, as well as Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Murray began his athletic performance-training career in 1986 when he directed a sports fitness program in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district for under privileged, at-risk youths. In addition to this experience, Murray has consulted for a number of high school athletic programs in San Francisco. Prior to joining the Stanford Basketball staff, Murray spent two years as a physical therapy assistant for Physiotherapy Associates in Fremont.
A certified strength and conditioning specialist and a United StatesWeightlifting Federation certified club coach, Murray has studied and practiced martial arts for the past 26 years. While at Stanford, he also served as the director of Program Development and Synergy Performance Training for the Riekes Center in Menlo Park, where he oversaw the training of elite and professional athletes. Murray and his wife, Fay, currently reside in San Francisco.