Murray Greason

Murray Greason (1900-1960)

Teams coached: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest record: 285-243 (.540)
Overall record: 285-243 (.540)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1939, 1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  1  (1953)
  • NCAA Tournament Final Four:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • SoCon Regular Season Champion:  1  (1939)
  • SoCon Tournament Champion:  1  (1953)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1933-1957 Wake Forest

Murray Greason Facts

  • Murray Crossley Greason
  • Born December 26, 1901
  • Died January 1, 1960
  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Wake Forest University (BS, 1926)
  • Growing up just blocks from campus, Greason was a football, baseball and basketball star at Wake Forest
    • Played basketball under head coaches Phil Utley, Hank Garrity and R.S. Hayes
  • Started his career coaching basketball, baseball and football at Lexington HS (NC) in 1926, working there for seven years
  • Originally returned to Wake in 1933 to be an assistant football coach, but was soon named head basketball coach
    • Coached the Demon Deacons for 23 seasons (not including the 1943-44 season, skipped due to WWII)
    • Went 285-243 during his tenure, including years in both the Southern Conference (SoCon) and ACC
    • Stepped down from coaching in 1957 as the program’s all-time winningest head coach
    • Served as an assistant football coach from 1933-1940 and head baseball coach from 1940-47
      • Also acted as assistant athletic director for the University
  • Passed away on New Year’s Day 1960 in a car crash in Greensboro, NC; he had just turned 58 the week prior
  • One of four inductees from the inaugural 1970 class into the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame
    • Was also inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1967)

Murray Greason Coaching Tree

  • Bones McKinney (Carolina Cougars, Wake Forest)
  • Jack Murdock (Wake Forest)