Dot Easterwood Murphy

Born: September 20, 1952

Hometown: Starkville, MS

Year of Induction: 1999


High School Career

Maben High (1966-1967)
Starkville High (1968-1970)

• State Basketball Championships (’68, ‘70)

• Overall State Title (’68)

• Two time All State (’68, ‘70)

• Team Captain, Mississippi High School All Star game (’70)

• Scored 2,772 points in three years at Starkville High School with an average of 33 points per game

• In 1968 and 1969, she competed in the Southern AAU track meet held in New Orleans, LA, where she won 1 gold medal in the 880 m. relay, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals


College Career

Mississippi University for Women, Columbus (1971-1974)

• Led MUW to National Woman’s Invitational Basketball Tournament National Championshio (’71)

• All American (’72-’74)

• First MUW player to score over 1,000 career points

• Averaged 22 points a game in her four years at the “W”

• Selected to play in the World University Games for the U.S. squad (’73)

• Named an Outstanding College Athlete of America; honorable mention for that group’s Hall of Fame (’73, ‘74)


Coaching Career

• Women’s Athletic Trainer, Mississippi State University (’74-’76)

• Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach, UT Martin (’75-’76)

• Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Itawamba Junior College (’76-’77)

• Head Coach, PE Instructor, and director of the MUW basketball camp (’77-’82)

Hinds Junior College (1984-present)

• Assistant football coach in charge of the receivers on the Eagle football team (’84-’87)

• Full-time assistant coach, athletic training coordinator, and physical education instructor (’87-present)


Did You Know?

In 1973, Dot received a rare honor with a parade when Starkville proclaimed September 21, 1973, as ‘Dot Easterwood Day’.