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Cal Murphy

Coaching Career

Assistant Coach of the BC Lions

Head Coach of the BC Lions
1975, 1976

Assistant Coach of the Montreal Alouettes

Assistant Coach of the Edmonton Eskimos
1978 - 1982

Head Coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1983 - 1996

Defensive Co-ordinator of the Saskatchewan Roughriders
1997, 1998

Awards and Honours

Annis Stukus trophy
1983, 1984 (2)

Grey Cup Participation as a coach
1977 - 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1993 (11)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s) as a coach
1977 - 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990 (9)

Career Highlights

  • Played one season with the BC Lions in 1956.

  • Won 86 games as a coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Cal Murphy began his coaching career at Notre Dame high school in 1956 in the Pacific Northwest. He then moved to Vancouver College in 1960 where his team had the school's only undefeated football season against top American high schools in the Pacific Northwest.

After spending several years coaching at American universities, Murphy joined the Canadian Football League (CFL) coaching ranks in 1974 as an Assistant Coach to Eagle Keys with the BC Lions. In 1975, he became the head coach and coached the Lions until the end of the 1976 season. In 1977, Murphy was the Assistant coach of the Montreal Alouettes, where he won his first of many Grey Cups. In 1978, he moved to the Edmonton Eskimos with Hugh Campbell and was part of the Edmonton dynasty that won five consectutive Grey Cups.

In 1983, Murphy went to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he spent 14 seasons as a head coach and general manager. During his time in Winnipeg, the Blue Bombers appeared in five grey cup games and won three.

Cal Murphy is also a member of the Vancouver College Hall of Fame and the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2004 as a builder.

Class of 2004

Larry HighbaughCal MurphyLui PassagliaDan YochumBen Zambiasi

Football Reporters of Canada

Tom Casey

Murphy, Cal
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