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MLK Center fields renamed to honor Coach Murphy

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- On this MLK Day, a part of Wilmington's Martin Luther King Center was dedicated to a man who served as a mentor for countless children.

Despite the rain, people gathered at the corner of 8th and Ann Streets to remember Coach William Murphy.

The City of Wilmington named the athletic fields at the MLK Center in honor of Murphy and unveiled the new sign today.

Murphy was a wilmington native and believed in discipline and excellence through organized sports.

"He coached generations of families' children, and then their children and then their children's children, so he has a long-standing commitment and belief and hard work," Murphy's widown Audrie said.

Coach Murphy died in October 2009 just days before his Wilmington Tigers football team played in their league's championship game.

His family hopes to continue Coach Murphy's legacy and set up a non-profit in his name. For more information visit

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A wonderful thing to as wonderful human being. Thank you Murphy for All that you have done for me. RIP

Good Choice

Coach Murphy never sought the spot lite. He impacted the lives of thousands of the youths in Wilmington.

Perhaps others can take a lesson from his life; focus on the present and worry less about things from 100 years or more ago.

im not sure if this is the

im not sure if this is the same man but do remember from when i was very little boy who used to go to empie park during the 70 s to 80 s also was a guy who had a cousin name christy edens who played for silver gulls girls baseball team used to play against ivy rams i believe was the name of the team murphy coached for during the time. I do remember goin to him and talk to him when I was just a little boy and even im white get along with anybody Id wish and like to meet to talk to with anybody at the ball games. I do remember he was a very remarkable man, talked to me as a man to look up to. I dont know if this man is the same one but do remember calling him murphy. I do have a strong feeling its him and am blessed to see him being in honor also deserves this in honor of him as a man who touched everyone like myself s heart. Thanks and glad I was a friend no matter what since that time was after racial times but now is gone also a good time in honor of this man during my role model Dr MLK JR celebration together is a good timing to honor both men. GOD BLESS BILLY JONES CHRISTY S COUSIN AND SHE IS THE DAUGHTER OF NHHS S GREAT LARRY EDENS . IM AT 46 YRS OLD PRESENTLY AND I MUST BE LIKE 10 YRS OLD OR MAYBE YOUNBGER OR OLDER THAT TIME. GOOD MEMORIES !!