Tim Murphy, one of the state’s most successful high school football coaches, has announced his retirement after 28 years of coaching. He retires with a remarkable record of 221 wins, a State championship, 20 league championships, and several accolades, including the 2003 USA Top 25, 2003 State Coach of the Year, and the 2006 ESPY Coach of the Year. What makes Murphy’s career even more impressive is that all three high schools where he coached won their first Section Title under his leadership.
“Coach Murphy’s dedication, passion, and outstanding coaching skills have earned him a reputation as one of the best high school football coaches in the state,” said Dave Fehte, Executive Director at Clayton Valley Charter High School. “He has inspired generations of players and instilled in them the values of teamwork, hard work, and sportsmanship. He will be remembered not only for his impressive
achievements, but also for his impact on the lives of his players.”
Murphy began his coaching career in 1996 at Ygnacio Valley High School, winning three league championships and one NCS championship. In 1999, he was named the Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year. He then moved to Clovis East High School, where he led the team to six league championships and two Central Section championships.
Murphy’s most successful stint came at Clayton Valley Charter High School (CVCHS), where he spent the last eleven years of his career. Under his leadership, the team won an impressive ten out of eleven league championships, four NCS championships, three NorCal championships, and one State championship.
In 2019, Murphy was named NCS Coach of the Year, and in 2014, he set a state record for having the number one rushing team in the nation, with 7,055 yards, first in high school history.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to teach and coach at the same school where my daughter attended, to have worked alongside so many dedicated coaches, and to coach so many amazing student-athletes over my career,” said Murphy.
Murphy plans to spend more time with his family and explore other interests in retirement. He will continue to teach Physical Education at CVCHS.