Announcements and Important Events
Mount Vernon High School is excited to announce the hiring of its new head boys basketball coach, Dennis Murphy. Coach Murphy joins Mount Vernon High School after spending six years as the head coach at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, MD. During his tenure at St. Vincent Pallotti HS Coach Murphy amassed a record of 98-61 and his team was ranked #5 in the Washington Post during the 2018 season. While at St. Vincent Pallotti HS Coach Murphy coached 17 student-athletes that are currently playing college level basketball that include University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina Upstate and Wheeling Jesuit University to name a few. While at St. Vincent Pallotti HS, Coach Murphy also coached Chase Young, the #2 pick of the Washington Redskins in the 2020 NFL draft.
Prior to St. Vincent Pallotti HS Coach Murphy was an assistant coach at Bishop O’Connell HS under the leadership of Joe Wootten, the son of Morgan Wootten where we coached Melo Trimble, a McDonald’s All-American and a Maryland Terrapin. Bishop O’Connell finished the season 30-7 winning the WCAC championship and ranked #1 in the Washington Post.
Coach Murphy spent 13 years as the top assistant at St. John’s College HS in Washington, DC under legendary Coach Paul DeStefano winning the WCAC championship in 2000 defeating DeMatha High School coached by Hall of Famer Morgan Wootten in the championship at the Show Place Arena for the first time since 1977. The 2000 St. John’s College HS basketball team was inducted into the St. John’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Coach Murphy has coached many student-athletes that have continued to play college basketball at the D1, D2 and D3 level and some of the most notable were Chris Wright (McDonald’s All-American/Georgetown), Dante Cunningham (Villanova/NBA), Dwayne Anderson (Villanova/Current Assistant Coach Villanova) and Vlad Moldoveanu (American University).
Coach Murphy is a military veteran spending 22 years in the United States Marine Corps while being stationed at Parris Island, SC, Camp Pendleton, CA, Marine Barracks Sigonella, Italy, Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Okinawa Japan, and Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in Washington, DC.