"While playing sports, Christians also find help in developing the cardinal virtues: fortitude, temperance, prudence, and justice."
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
At John Paul II Catholic High School, we believe that participating in competitive athletics is an integral part of every student’s educational experience, whether he or she is playing or supporting our teams as a spectator. To us, the benefits are clear: a healthy body and mind along with the skills learned by working as part of a team. These skills include self-discipline; emotional maturity; respect for others; the importance of commitment, and a system of morals.
JPII is a member of the NC Independent School Athletic Association and the Coastal Plain Independent Conference.
Sean Murphy, JPII’s athletic director and head football coach, has 30 years of experience in collegiate and high school athletics. He spent 20 years at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD where he taught physical education, health, weight training, world civilization, military history, U.S. government, and geography. He was also the head varsity football coach from 1997-2016 (128-84 record with five conference championships and eight regular season titles), NCAA representative for 15 years, assistant athletic director for 14 years, and coached golf, tennis, and track and field. Murphy started his football coaching career at Towson University and McDaniel College.
Murphy has a bachelor of science in mass communications from Towson University where he was a starting wide receiver on the football team all four years, setting school records for career receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In 1999, he was inducted into the Towson University Hall of Fame. Murphy also has a master of science in physical education from McDaniel College.