MURRAY – The Murray girls basketball team will be led by a familiar – and much beloved – face next winter.
Lisa White, who led the program for 11 years, agreed to return to coaching several weeks ago, according to Murray athletic director Lisa Parker. Under White, the Spartans were a perennial power earning multiple region titles, as well as making a run in the playoffs most seasons. The program struggled after White left, and administrators released head coach Isaac Beh, who took over after White retired, after the 2011-2012 season ended. This year the team did not win a single game finishing 0-21.
Parker hopes White’s return will restore the pride that once existed in the program. The popular coach with a no-nonsense style retired from coaching four years ago but continued to teach at Murray High. She assisted Parker on the softball team for a couple of seasons, as well. When Murray High officials opened the job last month, White did not apply. Parker went to White and discussed the possibility of coming back to lead the program for a year or two, in hopes of mentoring some of the younger coaches.