Coach Duncan Murrell is in his first year as one of Green Hope High School's men's distance coaches for cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. He is a USA Track and Field Level 2 endurance coach with experience coaching youth, high school, and independent elite athletes. He has coached several athletes to all-American performances as a coach with the Triangle Champions Track Club and the Circle City Stars Athletics Club; he’s coached and taught at Durham Academy; and most recently he taught English at Chatham Central High School, where he coached track and field and was named the 2018 Central Tar Heel Conference Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year. He's enjoyed coaching elite athletes privately through his Performance Running Group, and has been a staff coach at the Without Limits Cross Country Camp in Banner Elk.
Coach Murrell was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He attended Rockville High School where he was a member of state championship and state runners-up cross country and track and field teams. He went on to Cornell University where he graduated with an BA in History. He served four years as a Marine Corps artillery officer before going to Northwestern University for a master’s degree in journalism prior to a career in writing and book publishing. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Oxford American, he directed a nonfiction writing program at Duke University for five years, and recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing from Bennington College. He is a freelance writer, and lives in Pittsboro with his wife, Sherri, and his daughters Caroline and Sarah Anne.