On Saturday, June 16, more than eighty guests gathered on the St. Mark's campus to celebrate David Lubick's 20 years at St. Mark's. Lubick, currently Associate Director of Admission at the School, was for 16 years head coach of an immensely successful St. Mark's basketball program, and more than thirty of his former players were among those in attendance.
It was a total surprise to the honoree, who arrived at the MFAC gym thinking he was meeting just one or two of his former players. Instead, there were dozens waiting for him, and they began cheering a stunned Coach Lubick. "This is impossible," he kept repeating.
In the morning there were basketball games on the St. Mark's court, with the post-2007 alumni soundly defeating a pre-2007 team. "Everyone was so old and out of shape," commented Eli Lubick with a smile. "But it was pretty cool seeing the two different eras go at it."
There followed a barbecue on the Sixth Form Quad. There was a video, and then Coach Lubick spoke. Although still a dedicated SM faculty member, he asserted that his experiences coaching St. Mark's basketball and engaging with players and their families was "the most important thing I've ever done." He also spoke about how much he appreciated the love and support of his wife and family throughout the years. There were tears and more applause.
Former players spoke movingly about Coach Lubick's impact on their lives. Then son Nate Lubick asked his father a series of superlative questions about games, players, and more, which according to one guest "was pretty cool and funny." The celebration continued in Boston later that evening.
David Lubick became head coach of St. Mark's boys' varsity basketball in 1996-97. The previous year, St. Mark's had lost every game. In Coach Lubick's first season he improved on that mark: they won a single contest. But surely and steadily he put the building blocks in place. Beginning the very next year and subsequently over the next fifteen seasons, St. Mark's boys' varsity basketball never had another losing season. Seven times Dave Lubick's teams won the Independent School League title. Five times under his tenure St. Mark's won New England championships. His 317 career victories rank first among all SM coaches for a single sport (The only other SM coaches with more than 300 wins in one sport: the late Fritz Wiedergott won 305 games as head coach of boys' varsity lacrosse and Andy Harris amassed 300 victories for girls' varsity crew).
"I have to think that this was the best thing I ever did, and the most fun I had in my life," said Mr. Lubick at the Saturday event, talking about his years coaching at St. Mark's. "And that makes this the best day of my life."
David Lubick has accomplished a great deal in his time so far at St. Mark's. He teaches English, oversees Financial Aid for the Admission office, and has served as an advisor, mentor, and coach. Congratulations to Mr. Lubick on a well-deserved celebration honoring his legacy to date.