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Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

Mark Starr


The Athlete/Coach wing of the Hall of Fame opens with its first inductee, Mark Starr.
The 1969 AB graduate was a varsity soccer star from 1967 - 1969 as a standout midfielder/striker for Hall of Fame Coach Dan Boylen's (ab) pitchman. Mark took his fiery competitive spirit and was one of Larry McNulty's go-to men on the great teams of the late 1960s. A lanky lefty point guard, Mark was the Director of the Colonials high scoring DCL Champions and part of the 88 game winning streak. Mark triggered the 1969 team that made it to the Tech and State tourney finals.
Mark matriculated to UMass and was the starting point guard on the UMass men's frosh team. Then Mark's volleyball epiphany appeared and he fell in love with the net. For the next 20 years, Mark played at the highest level one could play on the East coast, from Montreal to Ft. Wayne to Delaware.
The coaching bug struck Mark and he chose to give back to AB. Starting as a JV coach in 2008 and taking over the girls' program from 2009 to present, Mark has transformed the program with a 84-43 overall record including tourney runs in '09, '10, '11, '12, and '14, with Sectional finals in 2011 and 2014.
His love of the game inspired Mark to start the boys' volleyball team in 2010. The fledgling program has made the State Tourney in 2011, 2013 and 2014, including the State Semis in 2014. Mark was named Lowell Sun Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2011 and both the Lowell Sun and Boston Globe V-Ball Coach of the Year in 2014.
It takes dedication to take the lumps in starting a new program and the success in such a short time is testimony to Mark Starr, the coach.

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