Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College has named Jonathan Murray ’16 as an assistant wrestling coach.
“I want to thank Don Tencher and the entire athletic staff for giving me the opportunity to come back to Rhode Island College to help build on our history,” Murray said.
“We are excited to welcome Jonathan Murray back to the Anchormen wrestling program,” Head Coach Jay Jones said. “Jonathan’s work-ethic is very strong and he is motivated to help return the program to the national rankings. As a former Scholar all-American, he will be handling the team’s academic goals and will be handling significant recruiting responsibilities. Jonathan was part of a great Wesleyan staff and program last year, so he gained valuable experience to return to benefit his alma mater.”
Murray spent 2017-18 as an assistant wrestling coach at Wesleyan where he was heavily involved in recruiting and helped the Cardinals to one of the program's finest seasons. Murray helped Wesleyan to a third place finish at the NCAA Div. III Northeast Regional where he coached two Regional Champions, six All-Region placefinishers, three NCAA National Championship qualifiers, two All-Americans and six Scholar All-Americans. Wesleyan also had a wrestler receive the NCAA Most Fall Award for the most pins in the nation.
Murray was a University National All-American in 2015, the first former RIC wrestler to accomplish this feat.
He closed out his career with a 66-36 (.647) record to go along with 152 takedowns, 39 reversals, 84 escapes, 56 near-falls and 16 pins. As a senior in 2014-15, Murray finished the season with three wins, two pins and was named Honorable Mention All-New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) in a shortened campaign.
As a junior in 2013-14, Murray was named a First Team NEWA All-Star at 125 lbs. He qualified for the NCAA Div. III Wrestling National Championships on March 14-15 and went 1-2 on the weekend after earning All-NCAA Northeast Regional honors with a third place effort on March 2. Murray was also named a Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) for the second consecutive season. For the season, he went 20-6 with 39 takedowns, 13 reversals, 18 escapes, 18 near-falls and four pins. Murray placed first at 125 lbs. at the 2014 Dolphin Invitational.
As a sophomore in 2012-13, Murray was named a 2013 Scholar All-American by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) and was also named to the Pilgrim League’s Scholar-Athlete Team. He went 19-7 at 125-133 lbs. with 55 takedowns, 10 reversals, 26 escapes, 19 near-falls and five pins on the season. Murray placed second at 125 lbs. at the Roger Williams Invitational on Nov. 10 and third at the Doug Parker Invitational on Nov. 17.
As a freshman in 2011-12, Murray was a Scholar All-American, earned All-New England honors with a third place finish and was named a Second Team Pilgrim League All-Star while at Bridgewater State University. He went 24-13 (.649) at 125 lbs. to go along with 51 takedowns, 16 reversals, 30 escapes, 18 near-falls and five pins.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in youth development and coaching from Rhode Island College in 2016
Murray was an All-League and All-County award recipient during his high school career at Brentwood (NY) High School. He helped lead Brentwood to the Suffolk County and Long Island Championship.