Towson men’s basketball coach Pat Skerry completed his coaching staff a few weeks ago, but I just now discovered that one of his young assistants has a very famous father. Luke Murray, who was on Sean Miller’s staff in Arizona in 2009-10 and coached at Wagner College last season, is the son of actor Bill Murray.
I’ve reached out to Luke Murray in the hopes he’ll chat about his father -- who starred in comedies such as “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and “Ghostbusters” -- but he talked about his relationship with his father and his early love of basketball with Yahoo! Sports a year ago.
“I was always driven by sports, particularly basketball," Murray told Jeff Eisenberg of the Yahoo! college basketball blog The Dagger last May. "That's been my life since I was a little kid. I have an older brother who didn't really think about acting or anything along those lines either. There wasn't any pressure to get involved in any of those things, and I think my dad's probably happy that we didn't."
Murray will be tasked with convincing local recruits that under Skerry, the Tigers can become a force in the CAA and make a deep tournament run like VCU and George Mason have in recent years.
"Luke is one of the rising young star assistant coaches in the East," Skerry said in Murray’s Towson bio. "He's a terrific, relentless recruiter with deep contacts in the entire Northeast from New England down to New York and into the New Jersey, Philly and Maryland areas. We're excited to have him on board."
At the very least, there is the possibility Bill Murray will show up at the Towson Center to watch one of his son’s games. So Towson’s got that going for them, which is nice.
(C’mon, I had to quote “Caddyshack” at least once.)