Photo courtesy South Dakota Public Broadcasting
PRIDE—Long-time WHS teacher and coach Marc Murren receives his Distinguished Service Award.

Murren honored for years of service
Long time WHS teacher, coach earns Service Award

By Seth Benson

Nov. 11 was a big day for WHS.

Not only did the Warrior varsity football team earn a third consecutive 11AAA title, but  legendary long time WHS coach and teacher Marc Murren received a Distinguished Service Award from the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

It was a very special night for  Murren, as in addition to teaching and coaching wrestling at WHS for 28 years, he continues to serve as a freshman football coach for the Warriors.

Murren said he feels humbled. 

“I sometimes think I didn’t do anything to deserve it,” Murren said. “It was a great deal, and I am humbled someone thought I did enough to deserve it.”

Murren has taught and coached at four different schools over the last 40 years, but found a home at WHS in 1989. Murren said there were four reasons he thought WHS was different from other schools. 

“At WHS, in the years I’ve been here, one of the reasons I stayed is because of the administrators,” he said. “I liked the way they ran the school. Another would be because of the staff members. I was part of a complete change of personnel coming to the new WHS, and I liked coming to work every day. But the biggest reason is the way I was treated by the students and the kids I coached. I loved coming to school on Mondays. WHS is the best kept secret in town. WHS is a very prestigious place to work—a class act.”

Murren is now retired from teaching, but continues to keep very busy and not have much downtime. 

“I like to work,” he said. “I try to keep as busy as possible. I help people with construction projects, and I’ve got a lot more hunting done. When school first started I really wanted to come back, but now I am starting to like it more. I miss the Washington community a lot. I am retired, but I still work and sub. It is a very strange feeling to go somewhere for lunch.”

Murren said he is fortunate to be able to continue coaching for the Warriors. 

“I can’t thank the people here at WHS enough, the admin and head coach Chad Stadem,” he said. “For 28 years I came to WHS early and left late. It was my mission. It keeps me connected.”

Murren’s advice to younger players and students is that everybody is somebody. 

“We are not all starters in life,” he said. “We are all contributors, and you need to find your place and do the best you can. What would life be without difficulties and challenges? It wouldn’t be life.

“It’s not what you get, it’s what you give,”he said. “Because when you give you get. It’s easy to give, it doesn’t cost money to be nice or help people.”


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