Joseph Murphy - Varsity Coach
Coach Murphy is in his 12th season as the Shen Varsity Basketball Coach. He has led the Plainsmen to six league titles, five sectional titles (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), two regional titles (2016, 2017) and appearances in the state title game (2016) and state semi-finals (2017). Coach Murphy started at Shenendehowa as an assistant in the girls’ basketball program in 2004. As a member of Coach Strube’s staff, he helped the program win seven Suburban Council championships, two Section 2 championships (2008 and 2010) and a become a New York State Finalist (2010). For four years, Coach Murphy also held the position of freshman coach. His teams amassed an overall record of 68-3 which included three undefeated seasons.
Outside of Shen, Coach Murphy was an assistant coach with the Empire State Games Women’s Open Division Team and helped lead them to Bronze, Silver and Gold in consecutive years (2006, 2007, and 2008). He is the founder and director of the Shenendehowa/Clifton Park Girls’ Basketball Camp. He has also coached numerous girls AAU teams (Albany Capitals and Saratoga Sparks) that have competed at the local, state, and national level.
Coach Murphy has been a teacher in the Shenendehowa High School business department for the past 21 years. He resides in Broadalbin with his wife Daniella, son Vincent, and daughter Mila.
Julia Ryan - Varsity Asst Coach
Dennis Guiry - Varsity Asst Coach
Coach Guiry is in fourth year as an assistant coach at the varsity levels., but he has been involved in Shen and Clifton Park Basketball for over a decade. He coached at the Capital District Travel Level and created the Shen Pride AAU program. Currently, Coach Guiry is also coaching in the Elevate AAU program.
Steve Decker - Junior Varsity Coach
Coach Decker is in his 9th year with the girl's basketball program serving as the head Freshman coach for the 2015-2016 season and now working as the JV Head Coach. He graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 1997 before continuing his education at Sage College of Albany graduating magna cum-laude with a B.S. (Physical Education) in 2007. He received his M.S. in Sports Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2014 with highest honors. He currently teaches Physical Education at Karigon Elementary and has been an employee of Shenendehowa since 2009. He also serves as the Varsity Softball Assistant in the Spring sports season.
When he is not coaching Coach Decker enjoys spending time with his family and engaging in sports himself. He resides in Round Lake with his wife Michele and two children, Jocelyn and Stephen.
Freshman Coach - Melissa Dunham
When she is not coaching Coach Dunham enjoys watching her daughter’s play travel basketball and softball. She resides in Ballston Lake with her husband Eric and two children, Callie and Camdyn.
Modified 7/8 Coach - Carlin DeMarinis
Coach DeMarinis is in her third season as a coach here at Shen with this being her first as the Modified 7/8 Coach. She is a 2005 graduate of Saratoga High School. She played basketball at Sage College and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education. She later received her masters in Sports Administration from Canisius College.
Prior to Shen, Coach DeMarinis coached as an assistant at Hamilton College (2012-2013), varsity head coach at Scotia HS (2013-2014) and then at Cobleskill Richmond HS as their varsity head coach (2014-2020).
Coach DeMarinis is in her third year at Shen as a physical education teacher in the high school. She also has 2 Golden Doodles (Gunner and Ace).