Former UK Football Offensive Lineman Now Head Coach At His High School

08/17/2017 05:00 PM

Billy Joe Murphy, a former offensive lineman at UK, always knew he wanted to suit up in the blue and white one day.

“I grew up a Kentucky fan, I mean, I did. And I had thought about some other schools in the recruiting process, but the first time I went to Kentucky, yeah I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” Murphy told KSTV.

Graduating in 2011, he moved back to Western Kentucky, and last year he got to accomplish another dream- being the head coach at Monroe County High; his Alma Mater.

“It has always been a dream to come back and give back to my hometown, the place that helped make me who I am today,” Murphy added.

He used his experiences from SEC-caliber practices to help push his Falcon squad in the off-season.

“The way you practice at the high school and the way you practice at the college level- completely different. So we’re trying to bring that back here. More of a college-level type practice, as far as ‘we’re going in the next period no matter what’. We’re not staying here all day in one period, because in college you have those hour rules and you do in high school as well but in college it’s pretty down to the minute so we try to do it down to the minute, stay on schedule and get our work in,” Murphy explained.

He hopes to show his players that if you work hard, it doesn’t matter if you are from a rural area or a small school, you can still accomplish your goals.

“Hard work pays off. If you’re good enough they’re going to find you. There’s no question about it. If you’re good enough, they’ll find you. Our guys work hard and the ones that want to play at the next level, I just tell them you have to continue working hard and your goal is to be the best player you can be and let everybody outside of this town see that and if it’s good enough that they’ll want you- they’ll want you,” Murphy said.

He expects the same from himself as he does his players.

“I just try to come out here and be the best coach I can be despite what has happened in the past. All players aren’t great coaches, they’re just not. So I try to be the best coach I can and lead these guys in the right direction.”

Monroe County is hoping to build after a 3-8 season last year. They kick off the season versus Trigg County in the Scottie Bowl Friday at 5:00 p.m. central.

Coach Murphy added he plans to make it to some Kentucky games this season and likes where Coach Mark Stoops is taking the program.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at


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