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Legendary prep basketball coach Jon Murphy calls it a career

Murphy coached for three seasons at Kimberly and 33 at Seymour, leading the Thunder to 12 state tournaments and three state championships.
Posted at 10:57 PM, Apr 05, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-06 00:07:56-04

KIMBERLY, Wis. (NBC 26) — Jon Murphy, the second-winningest boys high school basketball coach in Wisconsin history, is calling it a career.

  • Murphy resigned Friday from his post at Kimberly High School, where he spent the past three seasons.
  • He is better-known from his time at Seymour; Murphy coached the Thunder for 33 seasons, leading them to 12 state tournament appearances and three state championships.
  • Murphy finishes his career with 668 wins, second-most in state history; former Cuba City coach Jerry Petitgoue leads the way with 1,027 career victories.
  • Murphy was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017.

“I’ve truly enjoyed my time in Kimberly," Murphy said Friday in a press release. "I am proud to have been a part of the program. Kimberly has a supportive community and great kids. I am looking forward to pursuing new passions.”

Kimberly says it will begin a search for a new boys basketball coach immediately. The Papermakers went 17-9, 18-8 and 18-9 in their three seasons under Murphy.