Outstanding Alumna Award
Brandie Murrish '98
Brandie Murrish, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Sierra College, received the Alumni Association 2008 Outstanding Alumna Award and served as keynote speaker at Honors Day Convocation in May.
Murrish recently completed her second season at the helm of the Sierra College Women's Basketball program. In her first season as head coach, the team finished second in the California Community College State Tournament with an overall record of 32-5. As a result, her peers voted her 2006-2007 Coach of the Year.
In her speech, the successful player and coach told the gathered students that although sports play a small part in life's big picture, lessons learned in life parallel those learned in sports.
Prior to her position at Sierra College, Coach Murrish guided Bishop Alemany High School, a premier Catholic high school in Southern California, to the CIF Division Finals and was named the 2005-2006 CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year.
From 1998-2000, Murrish was an assistant coach at her alma mater, California Lutheran University. During that time, the Regals won the SCIAC championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
As a student-athlete at Butte College, Murrish earned the title of Butte County Sophomore Athlete of the Year. Later as a student-athlete at CLU, she earned first Team All-Conference honors.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine from CLU and two master's degrees: one in education, instructional technology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, and the other in kinesiology from California State University, Northridge.
Each year, the CLU Alumni Association Board of Directors recognizes the accomplishments of alumni in the areas of career achievement, humanitarian concerns, and service to alma mater. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit the Alumni Awards page or contact Alumni and Parent Relations at (805) 493-3170.