David McNally Named as McMurry's First-Ever Softball Coach

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 8:31 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University did not have to look very far to find the first-ever head coach for its inaugural softball team, tapping David McNally '07, for the job. McNally, who is a McMurry University graduate, has been coaching softball and teaching at nearby Abilene High School (AHS) since 2008 and is now entrusted with guiding the War Hawks’ emerging program.

“We were fortunate to have a very qualified and diverse pool of applicants,” Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson said. “But David quickly rose to the top with our search committee. He embodies all of the things we want in someone to launch our program: experience with the game of softball, familiarity with the local and regional high school and community college softball coaches, an incredible work ethic, detail oriented, and an incredible affinity for McMurry University and knowledge of campus constituencies.

“David is the type of coach who will hit the ground running. I have no doubt that he will make sure that the players looking to continue their softball careers, will know that McMurry University is now an option for them beginning in 2017-18 and that they will have a man of high character to lead them and develop them into champions for life.”

McNally has been the head coach for the AHS Eagles since 2014. Prior to that, he served as the program’s assistant coach for seven seasons (2008-14), also assisting in basketball and volleyball, as well. He worked, concurrently, as a teacher (Algebra).

“I am truly blessed for this opportunity that the Abilene community has given to me to be the McMurry University head softball coach,” McNally said. “I began my career at Abilene High and gained a magnitude of experience working with great teachers, coaches, and administration.  It is such an honor to accept my first collegiate job here at McMurry University in this same community, and at my alma mater none-the-less. It has been an overwhelming feeling to come back home to where it all started.  

“Going through the hiring process has only solidified my feelings towards McMurry. I have had an abundance of conversations with past professors and coaches, who enabled me and prepared me to be the best coach I can. With their support, I am now able to come back home and work alongside them, enabling and preparing current students and athletes for their future.

“For the past 10 years, I have called Abilene High my home, a place I will miss, a place where my coaching career first began. The relationships I have developed there will continue a lifetime, and I believe will benefit me at McMurry University.”

McNally earned his bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies from McMurry in 2007. He also played baseball for McMurry for two seasons under former head coach Lee Driggers. McNally graduated from Abilene’s Cooper High School (where he played golf for the Cougars) in 2003, after spending his first three high school years at Ruidoso (N.M.) High School. There he was a three-year varsity baseball player and wrestler, earning academic honors as a prep.

McNally resides in Abilene with his wife Julie, a 2008 graduate of McMurry, and daughters Grace (5) and Addison (3).

“Not many people can say they have started a program from the ground up, and I look forward to all that entails,” McNally summarized. “I'm determined to build this program into something everyone will be proud of, a program that will fit right into the successful atmosphere here on this campus.”


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