|9/28/2021 1:26:00 PM|
Dedication of Ron Murphy Field
The football field at Mineral Point High School will be dedicated to the life and legacy of long-time coach, teacher and friend, Ron Murphy, Friday, September 10 before kickoff of the Mineral Point-Black Hawk/Warren football game at 7:00 p.m.
In January, the School Board unanimously approved a request from the Alumni Group to name the field in Murphy's honor at a meeting.
Murphy passed away in November at the age of 79.
He was an all-state lineman on the Dodgeville football team and also performed well on the baseball field.
Upon graduation in 1959, Murphy moved on to play football at UW-Platteville and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1964.
Murphy joined the football team at Mineral Point as an assistant coach and was promoted to head coach in 1968. That same year, Ron married Linda Lieder on June 8, and the pair raised three sons, Pat, Mike and Brian.
Murphy led the Pointers to a conference championship in 1991, and in 1989 he served as an assistant coach for the North-South Shrine Bowl all-star game.
Mineral Point qualified for the WIAA playoffs ten times under Murphy.
Murphy made history in 1999 after coaching the Pointers to a state runner-up finish against Owen-Withee in division six.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association in 2000 and retired from his head coaching role the same year.
In 2002, Murphy retired from teaching, but he continued to be a Driver's Education instructor until 2013.
He became a member of the Mineral Point Gridiron Hall of Fame in 2005 and was inducted into the Dodgeville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
Following the game on Friday, there will be a reception held at Dodge Point Country Club to remember the legacy of Ron Murphy.
The pre-game ceremony and football game will be livestreamed on YouTube by Pointer Media for those who are unable to attend.
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