Former coach, assistant new Southridge leader

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — A former assistant principal and interim principal will become the new leader of Southridge High School beginning next month.


The Southwest Dubois School Board on Thursday unanimously selected Byron “Kelly” Murphy to replace former principal Mike Eineman, who began his new job as the corporation superintendent in April. Murphy served as a temporary principal at the high school for the final two months of the school year. His old position as assistant will be filled by new football coach Scott Buening, who was hired in May.

The board approved a two-year contract, extending through June 30, 2015, with an annual salary of $75,321.

After the board vote Murphy said he was honored to be chosen for the job.

“This is something that I’ve looked forward to for a long time. As a young kid, I always knew I wanted to get into education and coach,” he said. “I don’t really know what’s on the horizon yet. We have a great staff. We have great kids, and hopefully we’ll all work together to make it a good place to learn.”

Murphy, 38, graduated from Oakland City University in 1997. He also earned his master’s degree and administrative license from Oakland City. After leaving college, he taught science and coached baseball for one year at Eminence Junior-Senior High School in Martinsville before accepting a position as a science teacher and head football coach at Wood Memorial High School in Oakland City, where he worked for the next seven years.

He has been at Southridge since 2005 as an assistant principal and head coach of the football team. Murphy resigned his coaching position in January to devote more time to his administrative duties.

He resides in Huntingburg with his wife, Jennifer, and his children Devin, 12, and Ashlyn, 3.

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