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November 1, 2012

Tarbox's 40-year coaching run ending on high note

Bill Tarbox is retiring a proud coach because this year’s North Andover team resembles the typical type of team he has had during his 22 years at the school.

Not only are the players talented but they also have worked hard throughout their careers.

His team won the MVC this fall in its first season in the league and enters the tournament 14-2-2.

“I think every team I’ve had at North Andover follows a similar path because they have high expectations to make it the tournament, to go to the quarterfinals, the semifinals, even the North finals,” Tarbox said. “Not always do you get there. This team of players, I think, has a lot of personal drive. I’ve had many, many other teams with the same characteristics that this team is demonstrating.”

Tarbox has led the Scarlet Knights program to a 297-92-56 record in 22 years. He will retire after the playoffs.

Before being hired at North Andover, Tarbox launched the Greater Lawrence boys program and coached there for 18 years. In all, Tarbox has recorded 419 victories in 40 seasons.

Tarbox’s coaching career has not been limited to high school. He co-launched the summer soccer camp at Phillips Academy and did that for 33 years.

“We started it with one week of a program back in 1977 and we ended up with five weeks of the program when we finished,” Tarbox said. “It was a positive way to promote soccer.

“And then once we stopped doing that, I’ve been running summer programs with my son (Fred) for the past three years,” Tarbox added.

“The bottom line is allowing kids to have the opportunity to be exposed to the game. That’s always been my philosophy.”

He also worked as an instructor for the Mass. Youth Soccer Association for 20 years, teaching courses to help make adults become better soccer coaches.

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