Track and Field

Michael Plattenburg

Boys Head Coach



Brandon Oliver

Girls Head Coach


Mobile Christian School - Participated in Basketball 9th -12th grades, Football 10th - 12th grades, Track and Field 9th - 12th grades - Graduated in 2001 - Earned a scholarship to University of South Alabama to run track

University of South Alabama - Decathlete - Captain of the Track & Field Team  - Graduated in 2005 with Bachelor's of Science Degree in Physical Education

Assistant Track & Field Coach at Mobile Christian School in 2005 under Coach Mike Powell

Assistant Track & Field Coach at UMS-Wright Prep School in 2006 and 2007 under Coach Pat Galle

Head Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Murphy High School 2008 - Present

Outdoor Track & Field Fees

Team Fee:  $100 due on or before January 18th, 2019

          The team fee covers our team’s entry costs to compete in track meets during the outdoor season. It also helps us purchase equipment such as hurdles, crossbars, and other various equipment necessary to host meets at Murphy and participate in a variety of events.

Uniform Fee: $50 due on or before January 18th, 2019

          The uniform fee is used to purchase a competition top and bottom. Athletes are required to compete in approved competition uniforms. Once an athlete has purchased his or her uniform, they may keep it forever. They may also use this uniform for future seasons. Once purchased, the uniform becomes the athlete’s responsibility. If lost or damaged, the athlete must purchase an additional uniform top - $30, bottom - $25, or both - $50. NOTE: If you have a current uniform, you don’t need to pay the uniform fee.

Team T-Shirt: $15 due on or before January 18th, 2019

          The team t-shirt is optional. T-shirts can be purchased on a first-come, first served basis at any time during the season while inventory lasts. We will not order additional t-shirts until next season.

Team Warmups: $60 due on or before January 18th, 2019

          The team warmups (top and bottom as a set) are also optional. Warmups will be ordered on a pre-paid basis. Before ordering the team warmups, you must pay the mandatory fees (team fee & uniform fee) and pay for the warmups on or before January 18th, 2019.

Home Track Meet Helpers
Help is needed at all home meets as well as the Mobile County Championships Meet at USA. If parents are able to help out at any of our meets, please contact Coach Oliver at . You will be given information about ways you can help. Please indicate dates and times you might be interested in helping when you contact Coach Oliver via email.
Team Fundraisers

The Track & Field team at Murphy is a “self-sustaining” athletic organization. As such, we receive no financial assistance from the school or any other entity. We are responsible for raising money for any activities in which we wish to participate. With that said, we require 100% commitment to fund raising efforts because the proceeds will be enjoyed by 100% of the team. We currently have 3 fundraising opportunities employed throughout our outdoor season. Indoor season operates on team fees and “spill-over” from the previous outdoor season fundraisers.

Our first fundraiser is called, “Stock the Stand.” It involves getting every team member to donate items (totaling around $15) to help stock our concession stand in preparation for our “home meets” hosted at Murphy’s track facility. Those donations will give us a “start-up” budget to purchase concessions for the rest of the season.

Our next fundraising opportunity is hosting several meets at Murphy. We currently host 2 middle school meets and one high school meet, all of which occur in March. We are required to collect a spectator admission fee or “gate” and we also have a concession stand. We also receive an “entry fee” from each team competing in those meets.

Our final fundraising opportunity is hosting the Mobile County Championships at the University of South Alabama’s track facility in April. This is our main “money-maker” for the season. We get to collect a spectator admission fee or “gate”, concessions and team entry fees. This meet costs us a LOT of money to put on but we usually make all of it back and then some.

Middle School Coaches

See "Files" below to find Middle School Meet Info sheet AND MEET RESULTS available for download.

Complete and email entries to by 9am on Wednesday before the meet. Thanks a lot!!  

- Brandon Oliver

Murphy has a strong tradition of winning in sports and track & field is no exception. Murphy has many of the best athletes in the state and even the COUNTRY! One of our team's athletes has been ranked amongst the best in the state for the last 3 seasons and this season, he will finish the year ranked #16 in the United States in the long jump. Senior Maurice Robinson has been long jumping and triple jumping for the panthers since his freshman year. His father, who still holds the triple jump school record at Blount High School, was an outstanding athlete in his own right. Maurice has signed a football scholarship with Grambling University and should expect to stand out at the college level as he did here at Murphy. Congrats to our school's only TOP 25 NATIONAL-RANKED athlete this season, Maurice Robinson. We wish him the best of luck with whatever comes next in his life! GO PANTHERS!!!

* Out of Town Day Trip: Transportation will be provided. We will return to the school the same day. If our numbers are low enough, we may need parents to drive. Let Coach Oliver know if you want to volunteer.

** Out of Town Overnight Trip: Fundraiser funded. Transportation will be provided. We will stay overnight at a hotel and return the next day. Some travel costs may be assessed to athletes prior to the trip. We may need parents to drive for these trips as well. Hotel and fuel costs may be reimbursed if funding allows.

JV & Varsity = Junior Varsity and Varsity                                                               

Select Varsity = Varsity athletes chosen by coaches based on performance, attendance and other factors

Qualifying Varsity = Varsity athletes who have qualified by time, distance or mark prior to competition