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By Riley Cole, West Delaware junior
MANCHESTER – After giving his all to West Delaware for 25 years, activities director Bob Murphy will retire at the end of the school year.
The Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association president, grand marshal of the 2013 state wrestling finals and leader of the West Delaware Booster Club, Murphy is well known for his array of involvement.
While reflecting on his years at West Delaware, Murphy manages to stay humble.
“I’m really happy when I’m not in the limelight,” Murphy said. “I’m glad when kids get recognized for their accomplishments.”
Putting in extra time outside of the school day to get ready for activities, Murphy has worked endlessly year round to prepare for what he calls a “first class operation” at West Delaware.
Getting ready for a music concert or athletic event, Murphy did his best to prepare the facilities right.
“Murphy is always working hard to make an event we’re hosting perfect,” senior Zach Muller said. “He also makes the event go as quick as possible.”
Murphy believes his extra time has had an impact on his own kids and the students.
“The hours didn’t make any difference to me,” he said.
Mike Morrison, head baseball coach, believes Murphy is an icon around West Delaware athletics.
“He (Murphy) has given all of us, coaches and athletes, every opportunity to excel,” Morrison said. “He is the backbone of our successes.”
By being so involved with athletics, Murphy influences the success of the athletic program.
“I get to take in all their successes,” Murphy said. “I also get to take in their losses.”
Murphy has enjoyed supporting the many activities that West Delaware has to offer.
“We have developed a great sense of pride in all types of activities from athletics to fine arts to the academics,” Murphy said. “This has been a great position to develop that pride.”
Working outside of the school day preparing facilities and supporting activities, Morrison appreciates Murphy’s excellent work ethic.
“I would guess there isn’t another athletic director in the state that would outwork him,” Morrison said.
Kay LaRosa, athletics secretary, believes people aren’t aware of all Murphy does behind the scenes.
“He (Murphy) goes above and beyond,” LaRosa said. “He prepares schedules, makes sure both teams and officials are taken care of, stocks the concession stand with pop and Gatorade, and makes sure we have officials for the night and that’s just for one game or meet.”
Faculty members aren’t the only people who appreciate Murphy’s extra hours. Students do as well.
“He (Murphy) is one hard working man,” senior Michael Maloney said. “He is going to be irreplaceable.”