Jack and Carol Murphy Fund

135% of $20,000 goal
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An Anonymous DonorThe Murphy Family matched $10,000

Jack Murphy met the love of his life, Carol Company at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio in 1950. Carol passed away in early 2020, and Jack will now meet her for cocktail hour at 4 p.m. for eternity after his passing on Jan. 9. Jack Murphy joined the Rockets in 1960 as an assistant coach under Clive Rush. He then became the defensive coordinator under Frank Lauterbur in 1963. He led defenses that helped produce Toledo's first Mid-American Conference title in 1967 and was a critical part of the 35-0 streak that started in 1969. In five of Murphy's last six seasons as defensive coordinator, the Rockets were in the top 10 nationally in total defense, including a No. 1 ranking in 1969. 

Murphy left Toledo in 1970 to become the head coach at Heidelberg, his alma mater, but returned to assume the reins in Toledo in 1971 when Lauterbur took the head coaching position at Iowa. Jack was the Rockets' head coach from 1971-76, compiling a 35-32 record. In his first season as head coach, the Rockets went 12-0, completing a perfect 35-0 run from 1969-71. Toledo won its third consecutive Mid-American Conference championship and Tangerine Bowl title that season and Murphy was voted MAC Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the University of Toledo's Varsity T Hall of Fame in 1997.  

In lieu of any flowers, the Murphy family asked that donations be made to the Jack and Carol Murphy Fund at the University of Toledo Foundation. THANK YOU to anyone that has already given in memory of Jack and/or Carol in the past. With the family’s match of the first $10,000 gifts made on this page plus past gifts made in memory of Jack and Carol, we are hopeful that we can establish an endowed scholarship that will impact Rockets student-athletes for years to come. We ask that you help us ensure that the Murphy legacy lives on by giving today. Call 419-530-5087 with questions.

You can also mail in a check made payable to UToledo Foundation with "Murphy" in the memo. 

Mailing address: 

2801 W. Bancroft St.

MS 302 - Athletic Development

Toledo, OH 43606

Thank you!

Thank you to all the donors who have made a gift to the Jack and Carol Memorial Fund, whether on this campaign or through other ways. With your help, over $27,000 has been raised. This will allow the legacy of the Murphys to continue in perpetuity at The University of Toledo.


The scholarship will provide assistance to student-athletes who have an emergency need or financial hardship.


On behalf of the Murphy family and Rocket Athletics, thank you for your support!

637 days ago by Erin Hafner

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