GLASGOW — Barren County coach Daryl Murphy was named as Coach of the Year for softball in the 4th Region.
Under his direction, the Trojanettes (31-5) broke a school record for most wins in a season with their 7-1 victory over Allen County-Scottsville in the District 15 championship.
In March, Murphy earned his 200th victory as a softball coach from his time at Barren County and his previous position at Cumberland County.
After he was recognized for this career accomplishment, Murphy told the Glasgow Daily Times that he has been "so blessed to have coached so many great softball players.”
“I’ve had some great softball players throughout my coaching career,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of good ball players — but this softball senior crew here at Barren County, and the team that we have in general, has been my most successful year in coaching.”
Murphy has been at the helm of the Trojanette softball program since 2016, leading the team to a 19-8 record that first year, and has had winning seasons ever since — 22-9 (2017); 18-11 (2018); and 31-5 (2019).
Barren County has also seen success in the postseason with Murphy.
In 2017, the Trojanettes won the District 15 championship and defeated Logan County 3-0 in the first round of the 4th Region tournament before falling to Warren East. In 2018, Barren County once again advanced to the regional tournament before dropping its match against Warren East.
This season, the Trojanettes won another District 15 title before falling to Franklin-Simpson in the regional tournament.
Murphy said coaching Barren County has been “a super experience for me."
“We’ve averaged about 20 wins in the four years that I’ve been here at Barren County,” he said. “We’ve had some great, great players and it’s becoming a softball school. It’s a place where kids want to play softball.
“We’re getting very competitive, not only in our district, but in our region. … I’m honored to be a coach here and be a coach of the softball team.”
Barren County Athletic Director Warren Cunningham said Murphy "has been great for our softball program, and not just with the time and effort that he puts into it, but the relationships that he's built with our players and just everybody in our school."
"He's been a big asset for our school," Cunningham said. "Not just for our softball program, but definitely both aspects.”