Dedicated player and coach, Gene Murphy, ’64, ’76, impacted many at UND.

Scholarship endowments are so incredibly important to sustain a program. Coach Murphy left an indelible mark on so many and UND.
This endowment is a perfect tribute to such an incredible leader.”

Eugene “Gene” Murphy was a three-year letterwinner from 1960-62 for the University of North Dakota, including his senior season as team captain. He quickly moved into an assistant coaching role at UND in 1963 and remained in that position until 1978 when he took over as head coach for Jerry Olson. His head coaching career at UND lasted only two seasons before he embarked on a 13-year head coaching career at Cal State Fullerton. He won 15 games in two seasons at the helm of UND Football and 59 during his tenure at Cal State Fullerton.

In 1999, Murphy was inducted into the UND Athletics Hall of Fame and the Cal State Fullerton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He passed away in 2011. In honor of Coach Murphy’s impact at the University of North Dakota and lifetime of commitment to football, a handful of his former
teammates, players, and fans established a scholarship endowment in his name.

“Coach Murphy left a legacy that will live forever within the UND Football family,” said head football coach Bubba Schweigert. “As I meet those who played with ‘Murph’ and those who were coached by him, it is quite obvious that he has left a positive impact on many lives. He will always be remembered as an integral part of the rich history of the University of North Dakota football program!”

“The Murphy family has always considered Grand Forks home and we will always pledge our loyalty to UND and the endowment that keeps my dad’s legacy alive,” shared Gene’s son, Tim Murphy.

The scholarship will support tuition and fees for UND football student-athletes, sustain the Department of Athletics history of excellence, position UND as a premier educational provider, and attract the best and brightest. You can help by making a gift to the Eugene “Gene” Murphy Football Endowment, which will benefit current and future UND student-athletes.

“Murph had this incredible ability to make everyone
he touched feel like they were Number 1 on his list.
He was a genius at football, but more so, a genius
with people.

Click here to support the Eugene 'Gene' Murphy Football Endowment


If you pay taxes in North Dakota, you may be eligible to take advantage of an additional tax credit on your gift. With a minimum $5,000 to the Eugene ‘Gene’ Muphy Football Endowment you may benefit from both a federal tax deduction and a North Dakota income tax credit equal to 40 percent of the charitable gift.

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