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

Erik Bosch has gained over 210 lbs. of strength since he began training with MAD this past February, and participating in his first MAD Football Combine, he clocked the fastest 40 yard time of the day. Needless to say, he has excelled in his MAD training. A freshman at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep., he played an important role for the Irish Varsity Football Team this past season. Sacred Heart’s Defensive Coach and long time friend of MAD Zach Tapel sees great potential in Erik as a 4 year varsity player for S.H.C.P.

Jarron Collins is a Golden State Warriors Assistant Coach, and this season he helped guide the Warriors to another playoff appearance and a first seeding through the Western Conference Finals. Coach Collins has been with the Warriors since 2014 when Head Coach Steve Kerr hired him as a player development coach. The following year, Collins was promoted to Assistant Coach, and he has been with the team ever since. Coach Collins has been on the staff for all three of the Warriors championships in the Steve Kerr/Joe Lacob Era. Jarron Collins starred at Stanford University alongside his twin brother Jason. Utah drafted him in the second round, and he played for the Jazz for eight seasons before finishing his last three seasons with the Suns, the Clippers, and the Trail Blazers. MAD Director John Murray coached the Collins twins when he was Stanford’s Director of Athletic Development for Men’s and Women’s Basketball from 2000-2004.

Jamal Crawford scored 51 points in 38 minutes, and stole some of Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitski’s spotlight in the N.B.A. legend’s Dallas swan song. In the final game of Crawford’s 19th season, the thirty-nine year old N.B.A. veteran went 18-30 from the field, 7-13 from three, and 8-9 from the line. Surpassing Michael Jordan, he is now the oldest player in N.B.A. history to score 50 or more points in a game, and the only player to accomplish this feat for four different teams. Having scored 27 or more points in the last three regular season games, it is not a stretch to say that the seasoned veteran can still play in the N.B.A. Crawford trained under MAD’s Director John Murray when the N.B.A. veteran was a member of the Golden State Warriors and Murray served as the Warriors’ Director of Strength and Conditioning.

Steph Curry helped lead the Golden State Warriors back to the postseason for their seventh consecutive playoff appearance and a first seeding through the Western Conference Finals. Despite injuring his groin and missing 11 straight games early in the campaign, the 2018-2019 N.B.A. Season was also one of personal milestones for the Warriors’ star. Among his individual accomplishments, Curry was named to his sixth N.B.A. All Star Team; he moved from seventh to third on the list of All-Time N.B.A. Three Point Leaders behind only Ray Allen (2973), and Reggie Miller (2560); and he moved from fifth to third among All-Time Warriors Scoring Leaders now trailing only Hall of Famers and N.B.A. legends Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) and Rick Barry (16,447). In the Warriors’ first playoff game against the Clippers, Steph made 8 three pointers passing Ray Allen (385) to become the N.B.A. All-Time Three Point Leader in the postseason. MAD Director John Murray trained Steph when Murray was the Warriors’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Dina Frenkel has starred in the weight room for MAD posting a perfect attendance record in her first two months of training and subsequently increasing her strength by over 120 lbs. Dina plays for the SF Glens Evolution 06 Girls Team and attends A.P. Giannini Middle School. Dina began training with MAD in the winter starting with the Glens Evolution Goalkeeper Strength Program headed by Goalkeeper Academy Coach Sebastiano Trevarroto. Dina loved her training so much that she has decided to continue training into the season, and she is coming in once each week for her in-season strength training program.

Kainalu “Kai” Martin received an offer to play in the Big West Conference for the University of Hawaii’s Rainbow Warriors right out of the gate, when the college recruiting period opened this year, and he received another offer to play in the Pac 12 with the Cougars of Washington State. Ultimately, the much sought after J.C. recruit has accepted a scholarship to play in the Big Sky Conference for the Sacramento State Hornets achieving his primary goal of having football pay for his education. For the past two seasons, Kai has been manning the corners for the College of San Mateo playing significant minutes on last years team which earned a trip to the California Community College State Championship, and starting on this year’s team which returned to postseason play once again. No stranger to success on the gridiron, in his senior year at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep., Kai started both ways on an Irish team that also battled its way into the State Title Game. Since early January of this year, Kai has been training with MAD in order to prepare for his transition to D1 football.

Laipeli “Bubba” Palu accepted a full scholarship to play for the Cal Poly Mustangs next fall in San Luis Obispo. A scholar athlete, Bubba fulfilled a life-long dream of being able to finance his education through football, and he was thrilled to be suiting up for such a fine educational institution. In addition to his focus on academics, Bubba is an outstanding football player. After helping the College of San Mateo play their way into the California Community College State Championship Game in his freshman year, last season he started for the Bulldogs and was named the NorCal Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Bubba hails from Burlingame where he started both ways for the B.H. Panthers, and like his C.S.M. teammate Kai Martin, he has a history of football success dating back to high school. In his senior year, in a game against Aragon, Bubba rushed for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns from his fullback position. At one point in the fourth quarter, he carried the ball on ten consecutive plays ultimately scoring the Panther's final touchdown to secure the victory. He was named the Peninsula Athletic League's M.V.P. and a Polynesian High School All-American. Alongside his teammate Kai, Bubba has been working out with MAD since the beginning of the year in order to prepare for his D1 career at San Luis Obispo.

S.F. Rebels 14U Boys Basketball Team won this year’s Oakland Soldiers Easter Tournament. The Aquino twins, Justin and Jeremiah, along with teammate Jerry Mixon excelled on the court throughout the tournament including carrying their team to victory in the title game. The team is coached by Head Coach Faragi Abrams and Assistant Coach Mark Aquino. The Rebels 14U Boys have been working hard at their MAD training since February, and their efforts are starting to translate to success on the hardwood. Not surprisingly, Justin, Jeremiah, and especially Jerry have also been standouts in the MAD Training Program.

Klay Thompson earned his fifth consecutive N.B.A. All-Star selection in helping the Golden State Warriors to a seventh consecutive playoff appearance and a first seeding through the Western Conference Finals. In a game against the Chicago Bulls this season, Thompson made 14 threes breaking Steph Curry’s former single game record of 13. When he made 5 threes in a game against the Houston Rockets this past March, he passed the 200 mark for the season, becoming, along with fellow Splash Brother Steph Curry, the only two players in N.B.A. history to make more than 200 threes in seven consecutive seasons. Thompson trained with MAD Director John Murray when Murray was the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Golden State Warriors.

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