Murray Garvin

Murray Garvin (born January 25, 1974)

Teams coached: South Carolina State Bulldogs
South Carolina State record: 82-168 (.328)
Overall record^: 82-168 (.328)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2016)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2013-2021 South Carolina State
2010-2013 South Carolina State (asst)
2008-2010 Winston-Salem State (asst)
2005-2008 Charleston Southern (asst)
2001-2005 Clinton JC

Murray Garvin Facts

  • Murray Garvin
  • Born January 25, 1974
  • Hometown: Pikeville, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky University (BS, 1998)
  • Started his coaching career after graduating from EKU, spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Tates Creek HS (KY)
  • Spent the next four seasons serving as both AD and head basketball coach at Clinton JC in Rock Hill, SC
    • Went 61-21 overall and led the team to a Carolina’s JC Conference D-I title in 2004; Garvin was selected as the conference’s Coach of the Year
  • Left CJC in 2005 to join Barclay Radebaugh‘s staff at Charleston Southern, where he worked for three seasons
  • After three years at D-II Winston-Salem State, Garvin arrived at South Carolina State in 2010 and spent two seasons assisting head coach Tim Carter
    • Carter resigned in February 2013 and Garvin took over head coaching duties for the remaining nine games of the season
    • Named the Bulldogs’ permanent head coach after the season, a position he has held ever since
    • Led the team to the 2016 CIT, the first postseason appearance for the program since 2003
    • In March 2021, it was announced that SC State would not be renewing Garvin’s contract; he was 82-168 overall in 8+ seasons
  • In May 2021, Garvin became the head boys’ basketball coach at Dunbar HS in Lexington, KY
  • Became head coach at Frederick Douglass HS in Lexington in April 2024

Murray Garvin Coaching Tree

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^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only