Dr. Scott Murr, Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department joined
the Furman faculty in 1998.
After graduating from Furman in 1984, Scott Murr spent 8 years in the
fitness industry working as a YMCA Fitness Director, Corporate Fitness
Specialist, and Exercise Testing Director/Consultant. Scott’s interest in
endurance exercise led him to graduate school in 1992. After completing his
Master’s degree at Slippery Rock University, Scott continued his graduate
studies at the University of Georgia, where he completed his Ed.D. in Exercise
Science in 1997. Prior to returning to Furman in 1998, Scott was an Assistant
Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies at Anderson College.
In addition to teaching in the Health Sciences Department, Scott served as
the Director of the Furman Fitness Center and Aquatics for 15 years. During his
tenure as Fitness Director, Scott was involved in the $10 million renovation of
the Physical Activities Center which was completed in 2009. He currently
instructs HSC 101 Wellness Concepts, HSC 230 Analysis of Human Performance, HSC
331 Analysis of Cardiovascular Function and HSC 332 Practicum in Exercise
Testing. Scott is also the Director of the Molnar Human Performance
Laboratory. Scott continues to actively promote healthy living on Furman campus
and the throughout the Greenville community. Scott currently serves as the
advisor to the Furman Triathlon Club. Scott is also a contributing writer for
PACE magazine, the local running magazine.
Scott is co-founder of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific
Training (FIRST) and is the Training Performance Director of FIRST. FIRST
promotes running as a healthy physical activity by providing training based on
scientific principles and research. Scott is co-author of Runner's World
Run Less Run Faster (2012) and Runner’s World Train Smart, Run Forever (2017).
Scott Murr is a 35 year veteran in the sport of triathlon and has been
running marathons even longer. Scott did his first marathon in 1982, his first
triathlon in 1984 (alongside his Furman mentor Dr. Sandy “Optimal Man” Molnar),
and his first ironman distance race in 1988. From marathons to cycling
centuries to triathlons, Scott has competed in over 300 endurance events.
Having competed in Ironman Europe, Ironman Canada, Ironman USA, and the Ironman
Triathlon World Championship in Kona Hawaii, Scott is a 12 time Ironman
Scott Murr, a native of Thomasville, N.C. and his wife Leslie Fraser, a
native of Glasgow, Scotland, reside in Greenville. Leslie is also a 1984 Furman
grad and is a retired Systems Analyst from Fluor Corporation. They
have two teenage children who keep them quite busy.