When Emmett Keenan picks up his award as state activities director of the year, the St. Cloud Cathedral AD says there should be another name on it: Julie Murphy.
“She’s that valuable to Cathedral High School and to me in general,” Keenan said. “When they give me that plaque in March, it should have had her name on it.”
Murphy is Keenan’s assistant and also is in charge of working as the junior high coordinator, working with the seventh- and eighth-grade programs.
Murphy has picked up her own award and it’s a big deal.
The College of St. Benedict graduate is a 2014 Breaking Barriers Award winner. It’s for her contributions and leadership in women’s and girls’ sports.
There are 10 Breaking Barriers Award winners across the state. Murphy is the only one from the area.
She will be honored Feb. 6 at the State Capitol Building in St. Paul as part of the 28th Annual Minnesota Girls and Women in Sports Day.
“We’re thrilled to go down at the capitol to see her receive this honor,” Keenan said.
Murphy also will be honored Feb. 12 at a St. Benedict basketball game. The Blazers are host to Macalester at 7:30 p.m. at Claire Lynch Hall.
Keenan said Murphy works well with male and female athletes as a mentor, as well as young coaches in the junior high program.
“There is a steady stream of students who come into our office every day who come for advice,” Keenan said. “She has a gentle way of helping guide them in a non-judgmental way with decisions they make.”
Murphy is from Milaca. As a high school student, she worked in the St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department, helping young girls participate in athletics.
Keenan said Murphy recognizes the educational aspects of athletics and how it teaches young people about life.
“She’s had an exceptional impact on young women as they come through our school,” he said.
Murphy is on vacation in Mexico. She’s one of those behind-the-scenes folks that almost never get their names in the paper.
She is one of several outstanding assistants in the area who help people (like yours truly) get their jobs done, with great communication and organizational skills.
Believe Keenan when he says Murphy merits being named on his AD plaque.