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Murphy steps down at Seymour

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Jon Murphy is retiring from Seymour after 33 seasons as its boys basketball coach. (WLUK)

SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- Jon Murphy started his basketball coaching career at Seymour in 1987, as a 23-year-old, and on Wednesday it came to an end.

After 33 seasons the legendary coach has stepped down.

"I just feel I have more to do," said Murphy, who had 615 coaching wins, ranking fourth all-time in Wisconsin boys basketball. "I've dedicated a huge portion of my life to high school basketball and my family and I are looking forward to a new journey."

What a journey it was. In addition to his coaching victories, Murphy won three state titles, recorded four silver balls and made 12 trips to the state tournament, the last coming in 2011. He also led teams to 15 conference titles.

Murphy developed Seymour into a consistent winner and the end result was impressive.

"Really, what I consider one of the great runs in Wisconsin high school basketball was we played in seven straight state championship games from 2000 to 2006," Murphy said. "Just to have been there and walk away three times with a gold ball, four times with a silver. Really, that run was amazing."

Murphy had not decided to step down until recently. He was being asked to switch teaching jobs and he just didn't want a new challenge. Not only is he leaving the school, he's also leaving Seymour.

Murphy and his family are relocating to Allouez. A move, for now, might occupy his mind, but once basketball season arrives it will be tough not to wonder into a gym.

He admits he can see coaching again, maybe not as a head coach, but definitely helping out. While he is 57 years old, he's not ready to sit quietly.

"I will be in a gym somewhere," he said. "Maybe shortly."

Until then he will miss what the past 33 years gave him.

"As a coach, if you love it, you love all parts of it," he said. "You love the summer, you're a gym rat, you work with the little kids. The season is coming. It's the preparation. It's watching the HUDL, getting your kids ready, the challenge of game night and then starting all over on Monday.

"It's made 33 years go by like that (as he snaps his fingers). Like I said, I've had fun, it's been a dream job."

Murphy guided Seymour to a 23-2 record last season, so as expected he's going out a winner.

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