Community Spotlight: Mary Murray

Mock trail advisor in a court room.

Community Spotlight: Mary Murray

The Benilde-St. Margaret’s community is composed of many caring, uniquely-talented individuals. As a way to learn more about the members who encourage students’ passions outside of the classroom, we’re spotlighting various coaches and activity leaders over the course of the school year! Meet Mary Murray, mock trial advisor, BSM Spanish teacher, and parent of a BSM ‘19 alum.
 
What is your favorite part about being a coach?
My favorite part of coaching is getting to know the students better and seeing them improve over the year(s). It’s also fun to see some students go on to college/university to pursue law or criminal justice degrees.
 
How long have you been a coach?
I have been an advisor of mock trial for 10 years. I was a coach for girls' soccer previously for 10 years for the C and B squads, and I coached 8th grade girls' basketball one year.
 
What are you most looking forward to this season?
I'm so looking forward to returning to the State Tournament this year! We have great talent on our varsity team, and our JV team has a lot of potential as well. 
 
When you were a student, in high school and/or college, did you participate in the sport/activity you coach? If yes, do you have a favorite memory from being on a team?
Yes, I did mock trial, soccer, and basketball in high school. My favorite memory of mock trial was going to the courthouse and performing against another team. It was so much fun to be in the courthouse and to actually see where the real trials take place. 
 
Do you have any advice to give to students involved in co-curriculars?
My advice would be to get involved with a variety of clubs and sports. I would recommend that you use a calendar or agenda to keep track of everything and make lots of friends. Remember that it's not always about winning, but learning. 
 
What do you love most about being part of the Red Knight community?
The community itself. BSM reminds me of my own high school, and I love the feeling of walking through the halls and seeing the kids and teaching or advising siblings of former students.