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Rich Murray ’71 Inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

— by on January 21st, 2016

Rich Murray, a 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be inducted into the 2016 class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Murray, who studied journalism at Washington and Lee, was the sports information director at James Madison University from 1975 to 1983, after which he took on the same position at the University of Virginia, until 2012. A founding member and the first president of the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association, he was known for the grace with which he conducted his job. According to former UVA basketball coach Jeff Jones, “He’s the epitome of old-school values. Honesty, integrity, hard work.”

In recognition of his service to Virginia sports, the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association created the Rich Murray Scholarship for Sports Journalism, awarded each year to a high school student who displays great talent for sports journalism.

—Wesley Sigmon ’16