Jim Murtha was hired as the first Head Coach in Bay College cross country history on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Murtha, a West Des Moines, Iowa native, has spent the past fifteen years (2001-2016) as the head girls track coach at Gladstone High School. Murtha’s teams have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, including his 2002 team that won the Great Northern Conference, Regional, & Upper Peninsula titles.
Prior to entering the head coaching ranks, Murtha spent five seasons (1998-2002 & 2016-2017) as the assistant cross country coach and three seasons (1998-2001) as the assistant girls track coach at Gladstone High School. Coach Murtha began his coaching career as a junior high track coach in 1996.
In addition to coaching, Murtha served in the United States Air Force (1987-1991) and has been a Physical Education teacher at Gladstone Area Schools for 18 years (1998-2016).
Coach Murtha graduated from Bay College in 1993 and Northern Michigan University in 1995.
Murtha has two daughters Rhyan (17) and Maddy (15).