Florida College Alum Inducted into Hall of Fame

April 7, 2011

Only a select few can be called a hall of famer. Bill Murrell is one of them.

William B. Murrell, Jr. ’67 was inducted in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame for his work at Athens Bible School. The ceremony was held March 21, 2011, inducting twelve members. Murrell began his career filling numerous roles as teacher, administrator and coach in 1970.

Coaching cross country, he led the teams to four state championships and seven runner-up appearances in 34 years. As head baseball coach for 37 years, he compiled a 658-351 overall record, bringing in the state crown in 2008 and finishing second five times.

President Payne offered his encouragement to Coach Murrell. “Your success brings honor to Florida College, and I’m personally delighted that we count a ‘hall of famer’ among our alumni.”

Though Murrell’s leadership in sports has resulted in an astonishing career, his work off the field has earned him both respect and admiration. “You have both coached and counseled so many students. You have been a positive influence [and] have led by example,” said Payne.

“More than everything else, your influence is the light of the Son in your community.”