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Providence grad Murphy named new boys basketball coach

Providence Catholic Athletic Director Doug Ternik has announced the hiring of Kyle Murphy as the school's new varsity boys basketball coach. Murphy previously served as the varsity assistant boys basketball coach at the school and looks forward to the opportunity to grow the boys basketball program.

“I have three goals for my players,” Murphy said. “First, I want them to do well academically because a solid education is a foundation for a successful life. Secondly, I want them to work hard on the court. We will work on skill development. And lastly, I want them to bring positive energy and an enthusiasm for the game because that’s what great cultures are built on.”

Murphy, a Homer Glen native, is a 2004 graduate of Providence Catholic and a former Celtic basketball player. He is a college counselor at Providence and former psychology teacher at the school.

He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Murphy received his master’s degree in school counseling from Lewis University in 2010.

“He is ready to take over the program, and he will be a great fit,” Ternik said. "Kyle has always been able to prioritize what is important, and as a result, he’s been successful at every step along the way. His intelligence, work ethic and genuine care for his players will make for a very successful season.”

The Celtics boys basketball team has a good foundation of returning players, and Murphy believes they will bring leadership and depth to the team.

Murphy comes with a strong background of coaching which includes one year as sophomore assistant at Oak Forest, five years as head freshman coach at Providence and varsity assistant coaching the past three years. He also has coached AAU for the Windy City Magic organization.

Murphy resides in New Lenox with his wife, Eileen, and son, Declan.

Providence seeks coaches for volleyball: With the high school season quickly approaching, Providence Catholic is in a difficult position since it has openings for head coaches and assistants in girls and boys volleyball.

Of immediate concern are the two girls coaches since their season begins Aug. 8, and the first match can be played Aug. 20. Applications can be completed online on the the school's website, and a resume and cover letter need to be sent to Ternik at 1800 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, IL 60451 or dternik@providencecatholic.org.

Allegretti on Wuerffel Trophy watch list: Illinois senior Nick Allegretti, a Lincoln-Way East graduate, was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, the award committee announced Thursday. This is the second time that he is a Wuerffel Trophy nominee.

The Wuerffel Trophy is known as "College Football's premier award for community service" and is presented annually to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. 

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a national selection committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.

Allegretti also is on the watch list for the AFCA Good Works team, which honors a student-athlete's dedication to volunteerism, community involvement and enriching the lives of others. 

The team captain started all 12 games as a junior in 2017, with eight starts at guard and four at center. He started all 12 games as a sophomore in 2016, including 11 at guard, and he played in all 12 games as an offensive lineman and on special teams in 2015.

Allegretti is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He helped Illinois' Uplifting Athletes chapter raise more than $60,000 for charity at the past two Lift for Life events and was a 2018 Big-Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Lewis women's basketball plans trip to France: The Lewis University women's basketball team is in the preparation stage for a trip to France from May 20 to May 30, but it needs your help.

The Flyers will visit Paris and historical sites such as the World War II D-Day invasion site at Normandy. They also will explore landmarks and experience playing basketball in Europe. The team will learn about the history concerning Lewis University and its founder, John Baptist De La Salle.

For information, contact basketball coach Samantha Quigley Smith at 815-836-5876 or squigleysmith@lewisu.edu; or Associate Athletics Director Brian Sisson at 815-836-5228 or sissonbr@lewisu.edu.

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