Jim Murray didn’t want the water jug treatment Monday, but he expected it.
Murray was doused with water after he won his 200th, 300th, 400th, and 500th games, and he was drenched in Gatorade after winning the Catholic League title in 2010, a bittersweet memory in an otherwise memorable achievement.
Fortunately for the St. Joseph’s Prep soccer coach, who prefers to remain dry, all he received Monday was his 600th win in a 2-1 triumph against visiting Conwell-Egan.
“It means you’ve been around a long time,” Murray said. “We’ve had many quality players...‘Bad News Bears’ is a great movie, but it happens very, very rarely in real life.”
Murray didn’t always have those players. He won his first 22 games at Friends’ Central and started the St. Joe’s Prep’s soccer team when he became the athletic director in 1971.
After the team failed to win a game in its first season, the program quickly reversed fortunes and has made the playoffs in 39 straight seasons dating back to 1975.
“That’s something I am very proud of,” said Murray, who graduated from the Prep in 1959. “We've had a lot of intelligent players who have learned the game the way we've tried to coach it.”