Coach Murray Stephens

Murray Stephens
Murray Stephens
Murray Stephens
Murray Stephens
Murray Stephens

2006 ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee

CEO, Meadowbrook Aquatic Properties

Murray Stephens has been the Head Coach of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club for 35 years. Murray and his staff have made NBAC the most prestigious Age Group and USA Olympic Development club in modern USA Swimming history. In the last two decades, NBAC leads USA Club programs in Olympic Gold medals, World and USA LC records while retaining dominance in National Age Group record performance. NBAC has as its mission the highest
achievement for each individual swimmer.

Murray is equally proud of its many coaches whose coaching excellence at NBAC has earned them plaudits at NBAC and elsewhere. Murray has served as mentor and coaching partner for age group and senior coaches who are household names in the coaching profession, most notably recently are Bob Bowman, two time Coach of the Year and current coaching marvel Paul Yetter.

While developing hundreds of young swimmers to USA Swimming National Rankings, Murray also has earned the American Swimming Coaches Gold Award of Excellence for placing National finalists for twenty years. In 1984, Murray coached Theresa Andrews who won two Gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In 1991 Murray was Anita Nall’s coach when she set 2 American Records in the 200 Breaststroke in Seattle followed the next year by 2 World Records at the 1992 Olympic Trials. Anita went on to earn Gold, Silver, and Bronze in the Barcelona Olympics. In 1996,
Murray’s swimmers Whitney Metzler and Beth Botsford swam in the Atlanta Olympics. Beth earned a Gold medal in the 100 Back and a Relay Gold. In the fall of 1996, Murray was named United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year for Swimming as well as ASCA Coach of the Year.

As a swimming contributor, Murray has served in numerous administrative capacities. Most notably as a Vice President for both ASCA and for USA Swimming. Currently Murray chairs two Task Forces for USA Swimming.

Professionally, Murray constructed, owns, and operates Meadowbrook Aquatic Center in Baltimore, consisting of two 50 meter pools. At Meadowbrook, the North Baltimore Aquatic Club Swim School teaches over 3000 children to swim while conducting stroke clinics as well as operating a 200 member summer swim team.
Murray is married to Patricia Reilly Stephens. They have four children, Reilly, Kerry, Jes, and Henry.

Murray Stephens Coaching Timeline

  • Calvert Hall College Prep 1968-69 (Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach)
  • Loyola High School 1969-1997 (Assistant JV Lacrosse 1970-73 / JV Swimming Coach 1970-74 / Varsity Swimming Coach 1978-1996)
  • North Baltimore Aquatic Club 1968-present (1968 – Co-founder / 1971 – Head Coach/CEO
  • Meadowbrook Aquatic Properties-CEO 1987-present

Murray Stephens Major Teams

  • 1996 Olympic Team
  • 1998 World Championship-Perth
  • 2000 World SC Championships Athens Head Coach

NBAC Swimming Performance Highlights

  • NBAC over 180 National Age Group Records –most of any club
  • NBAC coached swimmers to every Olympic Trials since 1968
  • NBAC active or alumni swimmers at Games ’76,’84,’92,’96,’2000,’04
  • NBAC as club of record for 2 in ’84, 1 in ’92, 2 in ’96, 1 in 2000, 2 in 2004
  • NBAC swimmers have won 6 Gold, 2 Silver, and 1 Bronze in Olympic individual events
  • NBAC swimmers have earned 5 Gold medals on Olympic Relays
  • Since 1992 NBAC swimmers have broken 15 LC World Records, and 27 LC American
  • Records-most of any club or university
  • NBAC also participated in 1 World LC and two American Record LC relays
  • NBAC swimmers currently hold 3 World Records, 4 American Records in LC
  • NBAC currently holds 53 National Age Group Records –most of any club
  • NBAC Olympians with NBAC as team of record
  • Coach Murray Stephens 1996 Women’s staff
  • Coach Bob Bowman, 2004 Men’s staff
  • Theresa Andrews 1984
  • Patrick Kennedy 1984 (dual with Fla)
  • Anita Nall 1992
  • Beth Botsford 1996
  • Whitney Metzler 1996
  • Michael Phelps 2000
  • Michael Phelps 2004
  • Katie Hoff 2004
  • Other NBAC trained swimmers later on US Olympic teams
  • Wendy Weinberg 1976 (3 yr member of NBAC)
  • Jill Johnson 1992 (9 year member)
  • Greg Burgress 1992, 1996 (1 year member)
  • Foreign Olympians who spent one or more seasons w/NBAC
  • Lisa Forrest , Australia 1980, Ricardo Aldabe, Spain 1984, Casey Barrett, Canada 1996 -7 years NBAC, Marianne Limpert, Canada 2000 , Cerian Gibbes, Trinidad, 2000
  • Additional NBAC Swimmers of record on International Teams

World Championships and Pan American Games

  • Whitney Phelps World Championships Rome 1994, Silver Pre-R
  • Julia Gorman World Championships Perth, 1991, Goodwill Games 1986 silver
  • Kevin Clements, World Championships Barcelona 2003, silver
  • Katie Hoff World Championships Montreal 05 2 golds
  • Michael Phelps World Championships 2001 200 Fly Gold
  • Michael Phelps World Championships 2003 3 Gold & 1 Silver + 1 Relay Gold and 1 Relay Silver (5 individual WR)
  • Brandy Wood Pan Am Cuba 1991 Bronze 91
  • Beth Botsford 1999 Pan Am 2 silvers
  • Anita Nall 1995 Pan Am bronze

Pan Pac Championships

  • Michael Phelps 2 Gold & 1 Silver + 1 Relay Gold WR &1 Relay Silver
  • Anita Nall 1993 2 Gold
  • Julia Gorman 1989 bronze
  • Whitney Phelps 1995 bronze

NBAC Swimmers at USA Swimming National Champion/Olympic Trials

  • Theresa Andrews 100 Back 1981
  • Julia Gorman 100 fly 86, 200 fly 1987
  • Whitney Phelps 200 Fly 1994
  • Beth Botsford 200 Back -1996 Olympic Trials, 100 Back 1997, 200 Back 95,95,97
  • Anita Nall 100 Brst 91,92,93 – 200 Brst 91,92,93,93
  • Emily Goetsch 100 Fly 2003
  • Kevin Clements 400 IM 2004
  • Michael Phelps 20 National Championships 2001 to 2004, 5 Olympic Trial events
  • Katie Hoff Olympic Trial 1994 200 IM/400IM, 8 National Championships 2005 to 2006
  • Felicia Lee 100 Fly 2006
  • Courtney Kalisz 200 Fly 2006
  • Total 11 Champions have won 55 Titles
  • NBAC has won three Women’s Team, 94,95,06 and 1 Combined Team National Championship 2006
  • NBAC won US Open titles 1994, 2005

Awards & Honors

  • ASCA Gold Award of Excellence 1995
  • USA Swimming /USOC Coach of the Year 1996
  • Loyola College Andrew White Medal 1999
  • Loyola High-Blakefield Athletic Hall of Fame 2003
  • Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame 2006