Murray Poole served as sports editor and senior sports editor of The Brunswick News for 40 years from Sept. 1965 through Dec. 2005 before retiring from the newspaper.
He has served as a writer and columnist for Bulldawg Illustrated magazine for the past 14 years. Poole is a winner of 54 state sports writing awards and is a former vice-president of the Georgia Sports Writers Association. He also served on the Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors during the organization’s first four years of existence and was also the vice president during that time.
During his long career as a sports writer, Poole has covered a Super Bowl, the World Series, the Masters, The Players Championship, a National Championship college football game, several other college football bowl games and also several NBA games. He has attended every Georgia-Florida football game since 1962, a remarkable stretch of 54 consecutive years.
Poole also has had personal interviews with University of Georgia football legends Charley Trippi, Herschel Walker, Willie McClendon, Bill Stanfill, David Pollack, Matthew Stafford and Aaron Murray (and almost all of the Bulldog greats since the early 1960s) and Georgia coaches Vince Dooley and Mark Richt. He also had interviews with Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy, former Florida Heisman Trophy winner and now South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, PGA Tour greats Jack Nicklaus and Davis Love III and former Florida All-Americans and professional golfers Steve Melnyk and Andy Bean. He also has interviewed St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and NBA player Kwame Brown (both former Glynn Academy greats) on several occasions while also holding one-on-ones with former Georgia and Baltimore Colts greats Lamar “Racehorse” Davis and Jimmy Orr, former UGA and NFL great Theron Sapp, legendary UGA play-by-play man Larry Munson, former Glynn Academy, Auburn and Minnesota Vikings standout George Rose, Hall of Fame skeet shooter Fred Missildine and last, but by no means least, his boyhood idol, New York Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.
Poole served as a volunteer coach in baseball, football and basketball for 15 years in the Glynn County Recreation Department, winning numerous league championships. A native of Moultrie, he is a 1960 graduate of Moultrie High School, a graduate of Norman Junior College where he was a two-year starter on the baseball team, and a 1965 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he covered Georgia’s first-ever basketball game in the new Stegeman Coliseum on Feb. 22, 1964, with his story appearing on the front page of The Red and Black, the university’s student newspaper.
Poole continues to reside locally.