Noble's Harold Murphy: OKC Area Fastpitch Softball Coach Spotlight Presented By Oklahoma Educators Credit Union

By Derrick Smith

A head coach is only good as the assistant coaches he puts around himself. While the head coach prepares and leads their squads into the competition, the assistant coaches play just as big of a role in the preparation and execution.

Harold Murphy is the head coach of the Noble High School fastpitch softball team and the guys he coaches with are like family, literally.

“While I have enjoyed all my years of coaching, the last two years have been the most rewarding. I have been able to coach alongside my brothers,” explained Murphy. “We’re triplets, so you can imagine we are very close. Being able to finish out my career out at Noble with my brothers by my side is something that I have enjoyed.” Sports have always been a part of Murphy’s life. Not only did he play sports when he was younger, but he also coached his daughters when they decided to play.

“I have two beautiful daughters that played sports when they were growing up,” he said. “I coached them all the way from the little league until they were in junior high. After that, I was able to be a dad and just watch them play, which I loved. They both went on to play at the college level.”

Even though he is not coaching his daughters any longer, Harold enjoys being able to touch the lives of this generation of softball players.

“I just love working with the kids and seeing their development,” he said. “Not only is it a good feeling to see these kids look up to you but also for me to hope that I can make a big impact on their young lives.”

Murphy has had some great experiences during his playing and coaching career. The veteran coach says that the fact that he is still able to do what he enjoys is his favorite aspect of the job.

“I’m 62 years old and I’m still doing what I love and I’m enjoying it,” said Murphy. “I enjoy the time I spend sharing the knowledge I have gained over the years with different girls as a private instructor.”