Excellence In Action

Updated: Jan 1

In the “Excellence In Action” feature, Murray Athletic Development acknowledges the accomplishments of those who have either trained directly with MAD, or who have trained with MAD Director John Murray during his career. Congratulations for the efforts as well as the accomplishments of all those acknowledged below!


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

― Aristotle


King Wilhite is a freshman at Saint Ignatius College Prep who made S.I.'s Varsity Basketball Team, quite an accomplishment for a young athlete. However, even more impressive, King has started every game for the Wildcat Boys Varsity cagers, an almost unheard of feat for a freshman. King began training with MAD this past summer, and along with his teammates, he will continue his MAD training throughout the year.


Jackie Acosta played for the Saint Ignatius Varsity Field Hockey Team this fall, a team which finished with a record of 14-6-1 and qualified for the C.C.S. playoffs. After defeating St. Francis in the first round, the team ultimately lost a tough semi-final match 1-0 to Archbishop Mitty. Jackie also plays for S.I.'s Girls Varsity Basketball Team which has started strong this season. Recently the team won the Leo Larocca Sand Dune Classic, and Jackie was named to the All-Tournament Team. Jackie been training with MAD along with her Saint Ignatius Girls Varsity Basketball teammates for the past year, and she began training with MAD in the summer of 2018.



James Adams was named All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. James played on the defensive line and tight end for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. James and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Margie Beima, the Head Coach of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep's Girl's Varsity Volleyball Team, after garnering her 500th career win earlier in the season, led the Irish squad to a 27-6 record, its first solo W.C.A.L. Championsip in 17 years, and its eighth C.C.S. Championship. The solo championship will accompany the two W.C.A.L. Co-Championships which the Irish have earned in the Coach Beima era. Beima is the first cousin of MAD Director John Murray.



Teddye Buchanan, the two way, senior starter for S.I.'s W.C.A.L. Co-Champion Varsity Football Team was named the 2019 W.C.A.L. Player of the Year. Furthermore Teddye has signed a letter of intent with the University of California at Davis. Teddye and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Danny Burke was named All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. Danny played defensive back and wide receiver for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Danny and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Jack Burnett was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Jack played both offensive and defensive line for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Jack and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Joe Celentano was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Joe played running back and defensive back for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Joe and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Andrew Cummings was named All-W.C.A.L. Second Team. Andrew played linebacker and running back for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Andrew and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Maggie Doyle, a senior on the S.I. Girls Varsity Volleyball Team, was named W.C.A.L. All-League Honorable Mention. Maggie and her teammates have been training with MAD since their off-season, summer workouts began in June.



Mike Dunleavy Jr. is in his first season as Assistant General Manager with the Golden State Warriors after joining them last season as a scout. He received his promotion after his input proved essential in making the D'Angelo Russell deal. Subsequent to that, his input proved pivotal in drafting Eric Paschall in the second round. Both Russell and Paschall are performing well for the Warriors this season with Paschall emerging as the front runner for N.B.A Rookie of the Year. A.G.M. Dunleavy seems to be having quite a rookie year of his own. MAD Director John Murray coached Mike Dunleavy Jr. when he played for the Golden State Warriors during the 2004-2007 seasons.



Gavin Dunn was named All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. Gavin played on both the defensive and offensive lines for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Gavin and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Deven Enos was named All-W.C.A.L. Second Team. Deven played defensive back and wide receiver for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Deven and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Josh Fox just passed his citizenship exam and was sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Additionally he just signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Frankston Blues of the N.B.L. Frankston is located 41 kilometers south of Melbourne, and the N.B.L. is the preeminent professional men's basketball league in Australia and New Zealand. Josh has been training with MAD since his junior year at U.C. Davis.



Dina Frenkel keeps the goals for the Glens Evolution 06G Celtic Academy 1 Team which recently won the NorCal State Premiere North Fall League. Dina has been selected to join the State Olympic Development Team pool, and she has been invited to try out for the San Jose Earthquake's Development Academy. Dina has been training with MAD since the fall of 2018.



Reagan Grady, in her fresman year at Saint Ignatius College Prep., made the S.I. Girl's Varsity Basketball Team, a rare feat. Reagan has been training with MAD since the Seventh Grade, and along with her varsity basketball teammates, she will continue her MAD training throughout the year.


Siaki Gallegos-Hunkin was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Siaki played running back and linebacker for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Siaki and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Beau Gardener was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Beau played on both the offensive and defensive lines for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Beau and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Al Harrington, former N.B.A. star turned entrepreneur, started his company Viola to produce and promote cannabis health and wellness products. Harrington was first introduced to the health properties of cannabis when after a botched knee surgery, an alternative healthcare provider showed him how he could use cannabis products to manage pain and inflammation without the dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals. A year later, when he convinced his grandmother to try some cannabis medicinals for her glaucoma and the herbal remedy allowed her to read again, Harrington became a true believer. He founded a small cannabis company naming it "Viola" after his grandmother. Today his once fledgling company has expanded into five states, and Harrington has become an advocate for the federal legalization of medical marijuana. MAD Director John Murray coached Al Harrington when he played for the Golden State Warriors during the 2007-2008 season.



Rachel Harvey, a senior on S.I.'s Girls Varsity Basketball Team, signed a letter of intent to attend and play basketball next year at California State University Northridge. Rachel has been training with MAD since it began working with the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team last season.



Marty Kinahan, Head Coach of the Santa Rosa Junior College Men's Soccer Team, was named the 2019 Big 8 Conference Coach of the Year and the California Community College Regional Coach of the Year for Northern California. Coach Kinahan led the Bear Cubs to a 18-1-2 record and their 14th Conference Title during his tenure. MAD is a consultant to the S.R.J.C. Men's Soccer Program, and each year MAD conducts a training seminar for the Bear Cubs' Men's Soccer Team.



Payton King is a member of the Saint Ignatius Girl's Varsity Basketball Team which has gotten off to a fast start this year. Recently the Wildcat girls won the Leo Larocca Sand Dune Classic, and Payton was named to the All-Tournament Team. Payton and her teammates have been training with MAD since basketball workouts began this fall.



David Lewis was named All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. David played on both the offensive and defensive lines for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. David and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.


Sabrina Ma, a sophomore on S.I.'s Girls Varsity Basketball Team, was named the M.V.P. of the recent Roseville Tournament. Sabrina helped her Wildcat teammates sweep the competition and take the Roseville Tournament Championship. Sabrina has been training with MAD since the beginning of her freshman year at S.I.



Kainalu "Kai" Martin played defensive back for this year's Sacramento State Football Team that beat U.C. Davis and won the Big Sky Conference. In April, Sac State gave Kai a full scholarship to join their team, and this fall the Hornets won their first Big Sky Football Championship since joining the conference in 1996. Coincidence? After playing football at C.S.M. for two seasons which included a trip to the State Junior College Title Game in 2017, last December, Kai came to MAD to help him prepare for the workouts at the college combines and the competition at the college level. Kai continues to train with MAD in the off-season.



Setaleki Netane was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Seta played on both the offensive and defensive lines for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Seta and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Henry Niehaus, a standout midfielder on the S.I. Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team, recently committed to attending Brown University where he will play lacrosse for the Bears. Henry and his varsity lacrosse teammates have been training with MAD since



Duke Reeder was named All-W.C.A.L. Second Team. Duke played defensive line and tight end for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Also a dominant defenseman on the S.I. Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team, recently Duke committed to attending Cornell University where he will play lacrosse for the Big Red. Duke and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Megan Ronan, a junior on the S.I. Girls Varsity Volleyball Team, was named W.C.A.L. All-League Honorable Mention. Megan and her teammates have been training with MAD since their off-season, summer workouts began in June.



Danny Ryan was named the 2019 W.C.A.L Wide Receiver of the Year. Danny was a member of the S.I. Varsity Football Team which was named Co-Champions of this year's W.C.A.L. Although his varsity football teammates began their training with MAD during the team's off-season, summer workouts in June and July, as a member of the varsity basketball team, Danny has been training with MAD for the past two years.



The S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team has come flying out of the gate this season winning the Roseville Basketball Tournament and the Sand Dune Classic. Head Coach Mike Mulkerrins and his staff guided the Wildcats to a sweep of the competition. Sophomore Sabrina Ma was named the Roseville Tournament M.V.P., The S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team has been training with MAD since the beginning of last season.



The S.I. Girls Varsity Volleyball Team with Head Coach Jen Curtin earned a 6th seed in the C.C.S. Division III Playoffs. After dispensing with 11th seed Capuchino 3-0 in the first round, the Wildcats lost a tough match 3-2 to the 3rd seed Aptos Mariners in the quarterfinals. The S.I. Girls Varsity Volleyball Team has been training with MAD since their summer, off-season workouts began in June.



The S.I. Junior Varsity Football Team and Head Coach Owen Maguire and his coaching staff, after going winless in the 2018 W.C.A.L. season, turned their program around and posted a 5-4 record in the 2019 W.C.A.L. season. The S.I. Junior Varsity Football Team has been training with MAD since their off-season, summer workouts began in June.



The S.I. Varsity Football Team led by Head Coach John Regalia and his coaching staff posted a 9-3 overall record and won the W.C.A.L. Co-Championship. Earning a 3rd seed in the C.C.S. Division I Playoffs, the Wildcats defeated 8th seed Archbishop Mitty 28-0 in the first round before falling to 2nd seed Valley Christian 28-0 in the semifinals.



Jafer Snipes was named All-W.C.A.L. First Team. Jafer played both running back and linebacker for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Jafer and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.



Sione Ta'ufo'ou, in his second year as the Head Coach of the Archbishop Mitty Varsity Football Team, guided his team to a 6th seed playoff berth in the C.C.S. Division I Playoffs despite finishing fourth in the grueling competition of the W.C.A.L.'s regular season. Not surprisingly, during the season, Coach Ta'ufo'ou's team passed well and defended against the pass well. Coach Ta'ufo'ou studied the quarterback position under Coach Tom Martinez, the legendary "Quarterback Whisperer," Tom Brady's personal quarterback coach. He has coached at Elite 11 camps for years, and now he runs his own Dream Makers Quarterback Academy. MAD Director John Murray coached Ta'ufo'ou and his brothers at the Riekes Center in Palo Alto when they were growing up on the Peninsula. The two share similar coaching philosophies and have collaborated on various coaching projects over the years.



Claire Untalan, a senior on the S.I. Girls Varsity Volleyball Team, was named W.C.A.L. All-League First Team. Caire and her teammates have been training with MAD since their off-season, summer workouts began in June.



Marcello Villavicencio was named All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. Marcello played both defensive lineman and tight end for S.I.'s Varsity Football Team which this season posted a 9-3 record and were W.C.A.L. Co-Champions. Marcello and his teammates trained with MAD during their off-season, summer workouts in June and July.