Excellence In Action

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

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!


Jackie Acosta: Jackie is one of the "Fab Frosh Four" to make the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team this past week. Jackie has been training with MAD since this past summer and during field hockey season this fall, she continued her MAD training working out after field hockey practices and games often until 7:00 p.m. With her persistence and hard work, she has increased her strength by over 150 lbs.


Soon Ja Elzy: Soon Ja is one of the "Fab Frosh Four" to make the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team this past week. Soon Ja is a dedicated athlete who has been training with MAD since the end of eigth grade. During that time she has gained over 175 lbs. of strength and increased her vertical by 2 inches.

Maddie Ennis: Maddie is one of the veteran leaders on the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team which has jumped out to a quick start posting a 4-0 record. Last week Maddie lead the Wildcats to the championship of Marin Catholic's Lady Cat Classic Tournament where she earned the Tournament M.V.P.


Mali Ennis: Mali is one of the "Fab Frosh Four" to make the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team this past week. Right from the jump, Mali has attacked her MAD training. In addition to her substantial contributions on the court, she leads by example in the weight room.


Emily Jones: Emily is one of the veteran leaders on the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team which has jumped out to a quick start posting a 4-0 record. Last week Emily helped the Wildcats win Marin Catholic's Lady Cat Classic Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team.


Sabrina Ma: Sabrina is one of the "Fab Frosh Four" to make the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team this past week. Sabrina came to MAD at the beginning of the school year to rehab a foot injury. Since then she has gained over 100 lbs. of strength and remains free of symptoms from her foot injury.


Joe May: Joe is a senior Soccer goalie at Acalanes High School, located in Lafayette. For every training session Joe has to cross the Bay Bridge, manage downtown traffic, and make his way into the athletic performance center located on the St. Ignatius Campus. He began training with MAD through the SF Glens Evolution U17 summer strength program. When the Glens program concluded, Joe remained dedicated to his training and continued his workouts with MAD. Joe decided to intensify his training and doubled his number of sessions with MAD per week. He was determined to enhance his goalkeeping skills. So far, as a result of Joe’s training with MAD, he has gained 250 lbs of strength, has perfect attendance, and in over 20 games, has not endured a single injury.

Angie McGrath: Angie is one of the veteran leaders on the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team which has jumped out to a quick start posting a 4-0 record. Last week Emily helped the Wildcats win Marin Catholic's Lady Cat Classic Tournament where she also earned All-Tournament Team honors.


Saint Ignatius Girls Varsity Basketball Team: Congratulations to Coach Mike Mulkerrins and all the members of the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team. They are off to a great start with their MAD training posting an 80% attendance record and increasing their team strength by 764 lbs. They have jumped out to a 4-0 record including winning Marin Catholic's Lady Cat Classic Tournament where they dominated the competition. The Wildcats also garnered individual honors at the tournament with Maddie Ennis capturing the Tournament M.V.P., and Emily Jones and Angie McGrath making the All-Tournament Team.


Sidy Sissoko: Sidy recently made the Cloud Community College Basketball Team and is slated to start for the Thunderbirds this season. A refugee from Mali, Sidy came to San Francisco for his final two years of high school for both the scholastic and athletic opportunities. Unfortunately for Sidy, he tore his A.C.L., but fortunately for the MAD Staff, it was an opportunity to get to know and work with an outstanding young man. Sidy worked hard and diligently, and not surprisingly, recovered well. He is now a sophomore at Cloud County Community College in Kansas where he is playing basketball and working on his degree in preparation to transfer to a 4 year college.