Although he was well-versed in many sports, swimming really got into Garland Murray's blood. He played baseball and basketball at Rankin High School in Greensboro in the 1930s, then football, basketball and baseball for two years at Guilford. After serving three years in the Navy in World War II, he resumed his education at Springfield College, where he was a member of the swim team. In 1946 he joined the coaching staff at Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley), where he formed and then coached the swim team through 1952. Garland became president of the Greensboro Swimming Association and organized its first championship meet in 1959. He went to work for the Greensboro Red Cross and became its Executive Director in 1972. Garland retired in 1986 with 36 years of service, establishing numerous swimming and lifesaving programs. He died on March 13, 2011.