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!

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

― Aristotle

Miles Amos took the Bay Counties League-West Player of the Year honors leading Stuart Hall’s Varsity Basketball Team to the conference championship with a perfect record in B.C.L.-West play, and he and his Knight teammates also captured the B.C.L.-West Tournament. Additionally, the Stuart Hall Varsity Squad made deep runs in the N.C.S. and C.I.F. Tournaments losing in the final and semi-final games respectively. In the C.I.F. Division V Semi-Final game at Kezar Pavillion, his final basketball game for Stuart Hall, Amos did everything in his power to return the Knights to the State Championship pouring in 24 points, but he and his teammates found themselves on the wrong end of a 56-52 score versus a deep Palo Alto team. Miles has been training with MAD since the beginning of his junior year in the fall of 2017. Myles keeps his body right during the season by coming into MAD's I.P.C. on a weekly basis. His program goals for his in-season training are to maintain his strength and most importantly his health.

Neal Begovich, the starting center for the S.I. Varsity Boys Basketball Team, earned All-W.C.A.L. Second Team honors and an S.F. Chronicle All-Metro Honorable Mention in his final season for the Wildcats. Neal has been accepted at Stanford University, and next year, he has secured a position as a walk-on for the Stanford Men’s Basketball Team. Neal has been training with MAD during S.I.’s basketball season for the past two years.

Dominique Cabading played on the Lick Wilmerding Girls Varsity Basketball Team this year as a freshman. She and her Tiger teammates won the Bay Counties League-West Championship. Dominique has been coming to MBS Skills Clinics and Sunday Skills Clinics since their inception. Upon making Lick's Varsity Team, Dominique realized she needed to enhance her strength in order to keep up with the older girls. Twice a week, after finishing basketball practice, she trains at MAD's Institute of Physical Culture.

Jack Connors averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds per game leading his Harker High School Varsity Team in West Bay Athletic League play this season. The Eagles earned a bid to the C.C.S. Division IV Tournament and Jack was named to the All-W.B.A.L. First Team. Jack began his MAD training the summer after his freshman year with MAD Coach Ryan Muñoz at The Cage, MAD’s facility in Redwood City.

Maddie Ennis, a senior, was a force for the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team all season long averaging 15 points and 12 rebounds per game. In the postseason, she dug down even deeper increasing her average to 20 points and 12 rebounds per game. Her efforts were rewarded with All-W.C.A.L. First Team honors and the Chronicle’s S.F. All-Metro Regional Player of the Year Award. She and her Wildcat teammates started training with MAD at the beginning of this past basketball season.

Rachel Harvey, a Wildcat junior, played her heart out for the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team this year and her efforts were recognized with All-W.C.A.L. Second Team honors and an S.F. Chronicle All-Metro Honorable Mention. Along with her S.I. Girls Varsity teammates, she just completed her first season of training with MAD.

Emily Jones, in only her sophomore year, played significant minutes for the S.I. Girls Varsity Basketball Team, and her performance was impressive enough to earn an All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. S.I. Girls Varsity Head Coach Mike Mulkerrins described how this season Emily developed into the team’s best defender boasting, “She can guard anybody!” Emily began her MAD training last summer, and she continued her MAD workouts with the rest of her Wildcat teammates when S.I.’s basketball practices commenced this past fall.

Angie McAdams, a junior on S.I.’s Girls Varsity Basketball Team, was doubly honored in the postseason. Like her teammate Emily Jones, Angie’s contributions on the court this season earned her an All-W.C.A.L. Honorable Mention. Additionally, S.I.’s Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Mike Mulkerrins was so pleased with the salutary effects of MAD’s program, not only on the players conditioning, but also on their mental approach, that after MAD’s inaugural season training the girls, Coach Mulkerrins decided to create an award for the player who most embodied MAD’s mottos of “Train the way you compete,” and “Make excellence a habit.” Over the long W.C.A.L. Season, Angie attended all 46 workout sessions gaining 184 lbs. of strength and remaining injury free. She was the recipient of Coach Mulkerrins’ first M.B.S. (MInd, Body, Skills) Award.

Oisin McCormack, a senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. playing in his first and only season for S.H.C.P.’s Basketball Program, played an instrumental role in the Irish’s postseason run, snapping Menlo Atherton’s 20 game winning streak and winning the C.C.S. Open Division Championship as an eighth seed. In the semi-final matchup against M.A., Oisin scored 11 points and nabbed 16 rebounds. In the C.C.S. Title game versus Bellarmine, he contributed 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Oisin trained with MAD at its Mind, Body, Skills Clinics while playing for Bay City alongside another MAD trainee and S.F. high school standout Miles Amos.

Kate Paye, herself a successful college and professional basketball player, is currently the Harry K. and Ida S. Berland Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Stanford University where she has been a member of the staff since 2007. This year, the Cardinal Women won the Pac 12 Title and just earned their 32nd consecutive bid to the N.C.A.A. Tournament. While serving as Director of Athletic Development for The Riekes Center in Menlo Park, MAD’s Director John Murray trained Paye, then a recent graduate of Stanford University and of the Cardinal Women’s Basketball Program. Director Murray helped Paye prepare for her transition from college to the professional ranks.

Wrenn Robinson, a perennial standout for S.I. Basketball, was honored by the W.C.A.L. which named the S.I. senior as a member of its All-League First Team. Wrenn is a four year varsity player, and he has been working with MAD each basketball season for the past four years.

Eric Sweeney, a senior footballer for Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep., helped lead the Irish to their second consecutive C.C.S. Division III Soccer Title. Less than 24 hours after the Irish Boys Varsity Basketball Team surprised the Bay Area sports world by winning the C.C.S. Open Division Championship as an eighth seed, the S.H.C.P. Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams won their respective C.C.S. Division III Soccer Championships for the second consecutive year. Eric has been training with MAD since last fall. Although when he first began working with MAD, he was a strength and conditioning novice, through his hard work and dedication, he soon became a leading presence for his teammates in the weight room and on the pitch. Eric will be attending Seton Hall next fall. In the interim, he plans to continue training with MAD and playing soccer with the Glens 17U Team.

Russell Turner is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at U.C. Irvine, and in the past nine seasons, he has taken a losing program and turned it into a perennial Big West powerhouse winning the Big West regular season four times and earning two Big West Tournament Titles, an N.I.T. Tournament bid, and two N.C.A.A. Tournament bids. This year, after collecting his third Big West Coach of the Year Award, Coach Turner guided the Aardvarks to their first N.C.A.A. Tournament victory, a stunning upset over Kansas State.

Coach Turner has a reputation as a developer of talent, particularly post players, and he is credited for the success of such college players as Tim Duncan, Josh Howard, Josh Childress, and Jarron and Jason Collins. A two-time All-American at Hampden-Sydney College, the U.C.I. Coach is an accomplished player in his own right, and Tim Duncan claims that Coach Turner was the toughest player he ever confronted in the post.

From 2000-2004, while serving as the Director of Athletic Development for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at Stanford, MAD’s Director John Murray met and worked closely with Coach Turner. The two accompanied Coach Mike Montgomery to the Golden State Warriors where they continued their work together from 2004-2010 serving under Coach Montgomery and his successor Coach Don Nelson.

Tara VanDerveer, Stanford’s legendary and Hall of Fame Women’s Basketball Coach, steered the Cardinal to the school’s 25th Pac 10/12 Title and its 32nd consecutive N.C.A.A. Tournament bid during her tenure. The list of Coach VanDerveer’s accomplishments reads like a phone book, but some of the highlights include an Olympic Gold Medal, 2 National Championships, 4 X National Coach of the Year, 10 X Pac 10/12 Coach of the Year, the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award, her Basketball Hall of Fame induction, and her Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction. To put it all in perspective, Coach VanDerveer is one of only ten college coaches in the history of N.C.A.A. Men’s and Women’s Basketball to notch more than 1000 wins. As Stanford’s Director of Athletic Development for Men’s and Women’s Basketball from 2000-2004, MAD’s Director John Murray worked with Coach VanDerveer in training and developing the athletes in Stanford’s Women’s Basketball Program.

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