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He moved back to the city as the head coach at Monroe High School, then onto a sixteen year career coaching basketball at MCC, where he got the chance to merge the experiences.
"To be able to work with the city kids and the county kids and put them
together and have them play the kind of basketball I liked to coach, was
terrific. And they were great kids. They enjoyed playing with one another. Some
of these kids ever played with a city kid and visa versa. It was
terrific." Together they won 329 games. All the while Shapiro kept a
national profile as a big time college basketball referee.
Shapiro became athletic director at MCC in 1991. He's going out on top. Tribune teams won 99 regional and 13 national championships under Murph. MCC placed in the top two among all junior colleges in overall athletic success the last four years running.
"Our coaching staff here does a terrific job. They make you proud every time they go out to coach a team. They're the heros here, not me."
People close to the Mighty Murph know better.