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With More Than 50 Seasons Between Them, Two Great St. Mark’s Coaches Step Down

Posted: June 12, 2012

Don’t worry: they’re not going anywhere. Andy Harris and David Lubick are not leaving St. Mark’s. They’ll still be here, teaching English and carrying on a myriad of other important duties. But after more than 50 seasons between them, the two storied coaches are stepping down from the helms of Girls’ Varsity Crew and Boys’ Varsity Basketball respectively: programs they steered with great success for many years.

Andy Harris began at the Southborough School in 1974, but while teaching at St. Mark’s coordinate sister school, he also spent three spring seasons coaching SM Boys’ JV Crew. When the two institutions merged in 1977-78 and St. Mark’s became fully co-ed, Mr. Harris became the coach of the new girls’ crew program: the first-ever girls’ varsity sport in the spring at St. Mark’s. That debut season was a learning one, but his ten fledgling rowers—more than half of whom had been Southborough School students the previous year—were deeply appreciative of his efforts and presented him with an inscribed and autographed tribute.

Over a record 35 seasons, Andy Harris built up the St. Mark’s Girls’ Varsity Crew into one of the School’s flagship girls’ athletic programs. Eight times his First Four medaled at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association end-of-year regatta on Worcester’s Lake Quinsigamond. Four times his crews medaled at the National high school rowing championships. In 1988, the St. Mark’s Girls’ Varsity Crew won the New England championship. The following year, St. Mark’s took the Gold Medal at the Nationals. This past spring, Mr. Harris ended his run with a phenomenal Silver Medal finish by the St. Mark’s girls’ First Four at the NEIRA regatta.

So many of Coach Harris’ rowers have gone on to collegiate and even national prominence in the sport. Among them, Amy Appleton ’89, Aubrey Borland ’89, Libby Graves ’98, and Rachel Ogundiran ’07 all rowed on the U.S. Junior National team. In particular, Coach Harris is extremely proud that “Aubrey Borland accomplished a rare trifecta: captain of our national champion 1989 crew, co-captain of Princeton's 1993 Sprints champion crew, and coach of Radcliffe's 1997 national champion lightweight crew.”

Currently Senior Master at St. Mark’s, Andy Harris will continue to teach English and Psychology at the School. He can be immensely proud of his record with the St. Marl’s Girls’ Crew. His 35 seasons as head coach of a single varsity sport (1978-2012) ties the St. Mark’s record set by former Athletic Director and charter member of the School’s Athletic Hall of Fame Fritz Wiedergott, who coached Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse for 35 seasons between 1962 and 1996.

David Lubick came to St. Mark’s in the autumn of 1996, and that same winter he took over a struggling Boys’ Varsity Basketball program. The previous year, St. Mark’s had lost every game. In Coach Lubick’s first season, they improved on that record: they won a single contest. But surely and steadily he had put the building blocks in place. Beginning the very next year and over the subsequent fifteen campaigns, St. Mark’s Varsity Basketball never had another losing record.

Seven times, Dave Lubick’s teams won the Independent School League title. Five times under his tenure, St. Mark’s won the N.E. championship in its division. In 2005, he set a St. Mark’s record with 27 wins in a single season. Lubick’s teams have tied that mark four times since. The 2006 St. Mark’s Boys’ Varsity Basketball team was undefeated at 27-0, winning both the ISL and N.E. titles, and was ranked in the top 10 nationally for high school basketball. 2012 was a remarkable final season for Coach Lubick. St. Mark’s went 27-2 and once again took home both the ISL and New England championship trophies.

Several of Dave Lubick’s players have gone on from St. Mark’s to play basketball successfully at the collegiate level. The basketball programs at Michigan, Arizona, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Florida, Boston College, Iowa, and East Tennessee State are among those who have recruited and signed players who came out of Lubick-coached St. Mark’s teams. Through all this, David Lubick has maintained the highest level of professional integrity and academic standards for his talented young charges.

Mr. Lubick will continue in his role as Associate Director of Admission and Director of Financial Aid at St. Mark’s, along with teaching English classes. He will also still play his beloved saxophone. His overall record as head coach of St. Mark’s Boys’ Varsity Basketball is an impressive 301 victories against just 94 defeats. He is only the second St. Mark’s coach to reach the 300-victory mark in a single sport, just behind Fritz Wiedergott’s 305 victories as head coach of Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse.

Andy Harris began and maintained a strong girls’ crew program at St. Mark’s. Dave Lubick revitalized a moribund boys’ basketball program at St. Mark’s and brought it to unprecedented heights. Their legacies have established a standard that future coaches can build upon. Congratulations to these two St. Mark’s legends: stalwarts of sportsmanship and standards which together have spelled success.

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ST. MARK’S SCHOOL SPORTS RECORDS – COACHING

MOST SEASONS COACHED AT SM (all levels—varsity, jv, thirds, etc; all roles—head coach, assistant coach)

  • 104 Fritz Wiedergott (1956-1998) – Soccer (Boys’ JV 6, Boys’ Varsity head coach 32); Wrestling (JV 2, Varsity head coach 20, Varsity asst coach 6); Lacrosse (JV 1, Varsity head coach 35; Girls’ JV 1) [also coached—and won—a single game of Girls’ JV ice hockey]
  • 97 Henry Large (1965-present) – Football (Varsity assistant & head coach 42 and counting); Boys’ Basketball (JV and Varsity asst coach 10); Baseball (Varsity assistant & head coach 45 and counting) *while retired from teaching, he still helps out as assistant coach of both football and baseball*

MOST SEASONS COACHED AT SM IN A SINGLE SPORT (all levels; all roles)

  • 45 Henry Large (1965-present) Baseball [and still counting]
  • 42 Henry Large (1965-present) Football [and still counting]
  • 38 Fritz Wiedergott (1958-1997) Soccer
  • 38 Andy Harris (1974-2012) Crew
  • 37 Fritz Wiedergott (1958-1997) Lacrosse
  • 36 William Wyatt Barber Jr (1932-1969) Ice Hockey

MOST SEASONS HEAD COACH OF A SINGLE VARSITY SPORT AT SM

  • 35 Fritz Wiedergott (1962-1996) Boys’ Lacrosse
  • 35 Andy Harris (1978-2012) Girls’ Crew
  • 33 William Wyatt Barber Jr (1935-1969) Boys’ Ice Hockey
  • 32 Fritz Wiedergott (1964-1997) Boys’ Soccer

MOST CAREER VICTORIES BY A VARSITY COACH IN A SINGLE SPORT AT SM

  • 305 Fritz Wiedergott (1962-1996) Boys’ Lacrosse
  • 301 David Lubick (1996-2012) Boys’ Basketball
  • 252 William Wyatt Barber Jr (1935-1969) Boys’ Ice Hockey
  • 235 Fritz Wiedergott (1964-1997) Boys’ Soccer

MOST CAREER VICTORIES AT SM BY A VARSITY HEAD COACH IN ALL SPORTS

  • 628 Fritz Wiedergott (1960-1997) Boys’ Soccer, Wrestling, Boys’ Lacrosse

MOST CAREER VICTORIES AT SM BY A HEAD COACH AT ALL LEVELS

  • 681 Fritz Wiedergott (1958-1997) Boys’ Soccer, Wrestling, Girls’ Ice Hockey, Boys’ Lacrosse, Girls’ Lacrosse