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Andy Murray Lands Head Coaching Job

July 25, 2011, 7:08 PM ET [ Comments]
Andy Strickland
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Multiple sources confirm former NHL Head Coach Andy Murray has accepted the Head Coaching position at Western Michigan University. I'm told Murray has signed a five-year contract to lead the Broncos.

Murray will be formally introduced at a noon eastern press conference on Tuesday which can be heard online at www.wmubroncos.com

Murray is replacing Jeff Blashill who recently left WMU to join Mike Babcock and the Detroit Red Wings as an assistant coach. Blashill had agreed to an extension through 2016 which would have paid him $275,000 per year.

The St. Louis Blues fired Murray on January first 2010, just a few months after being named a finalist for the Jack Adams trophy. In 2009 Murray led the Blues to their only playoff appearance since 2004.

Following the 2009 season the Blues rewarded Murray by picking up the option on his contract which paid him through the 2010-2011 season.

NHL veteran Jamal Mayers (Chi), an WMU alum will be attending the press confrence in Kalamazoo. Mayers is just one of a handful of Bronco players to reach the NHL along with Pat Dwyer (Carolina), Mark Letestu (Pitt), and Joe Corvo (Boston).

Both WMU assistants Rob Facca and Pat Ferschweiler are expected to remain on the coaching staff.

Murray also has a strong resume internationally as one of the most successful coaches in hockey Canada's rich history. The 60 year old Murray has led Canada to three IIHF World Championship gold medals in 1997, 2003, and 2007.

He spent most of last season consulting the Swiss National team.

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More to come,

Andy Strickland

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