Murray Armstrong, who is the facilities coordinator of the Billy J. Murphy Athletic Complex, has served under eight head football coaches during his 45-year tenure at the University of Memphis. He was hired by former head coach and athletic director Billy J. Murphy in 1962.
Armstrong has been involved with every facet of college football at Memphis. He has been an assistant freshman coach, head freshman coach, varsity defensive end coach, kicking coach, special teams coach, academic advisor and administrative aid, during his tenure with the Tigers. For 33 years, he and his wife, Joan, managed the U of M athletic dorm which housed more than 160 male athletes.
A 1961 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Armstrong lettered three years on offense and defense for the Volunteers under Coach Bowden Wyatt. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference academic selection in 1958, and was recognized as SEC Player of the Week, October, 4, 1958, following the UT-Mississippi State contest at Crump Stadium in Memphis. In that game, Armstrong became the first Vol to score on both offense and defense in a single meeting.
Armstrong received his degree in sociology and biology from UT and later earned his master's degree at the University of Memphis. In May 1998, Armstrong was recognized by the Memphis Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the Memphis football program. In September 1999, he was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, and one year later earned recognition into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
The Armstrongs have two sons Sterritt: a 1990 West Point graduate, and Brence, a 1997 graduate of Memphis.