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  • Posted on March 31, 2014

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Press Release courtesy of Sinu Patel, SHAPE America


RESTON, VA, March 31, 2014 – Sherri Murrell, who embodies the pioneering spirit and perseverance to improve opportunities for girls and women in sport, has been selected to receive the 2014 Guiding Woman in Sport Award by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) at the Annual Guiding Woman in Sport luncheon on Friday, April 4th in St. Louis, MO. The Guiding Woman in Sport Award was established in 1987 and is given in recognition of extraordinary service, leadership, and recognition of a commitment to girls and women in sport.

Since 2007 Murrell has served as the Head Basketball Coach at Portland State University. Murrell surpassed the 100-career wins mark at Portland State just two games into the 2012-13 season with a 87-85 double overtime win at Oregon. She became just the second coach in Portland State history to eclipse the 100-win mark.

A member of the Board of Director’s with the Equity Foundation, and an active member of the LGBT Sports Coalition, Murrell was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2011 and received the Women’s Leadership Award from the Equity Foundation. She grabbed national headlines when she became the only out lesbian Division I basketball coach, and was featured in the 2009 documentary “Training Rules” about the long reign of former Penn State coach Rene Portland and her “no lesbians” team policy.

As a courageous professional, Ms. Murrell epitomizes the central tenants of this award. We are proud to add her name to the distinguished list of recipients which include: Julie Foudy, C. Vivian Stringer, Billie Jean King, Diana Nyad and Robin Roberts.

Murrell graduated from Pepperdine with a degree in public relations in 1991.Following the completion of her playing days, Murrell stayed at Pepperdine as an assistant coach for the 1990-1991 season. She would then serve one-year stints as an assistant at BYU, in 1991-1992, and at George Fox, 1992-1993, before being elevated to head coach for the Bruins, followed by stints at Pacific (CA) and Washington State before joining Portland State in 2007.

About the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

The vision of AAHPERD is “Healthy People – Physically Educated and Physically Active!” Headquartered in Reston, VA, 25 miles west of Washington, DC, AAHPERD is the largest organization of professionals involved in physical education, physical activity and school health —all specialties related to achieving an active, healthy lifestyle. Founded in 1885, its mission is to advance professional practice and promote research related to health and physical education, physical activity, dance and sport by providing its members with a comprehensive and coordinated array of resources, support and programs to help practitioners improve their skills to further the health and well-being of the American public. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:
Paula Keyes Kun (703) 476-3461;
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