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November 1, 2012

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

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Additionally, he has been helping out a program launched by Stephanie McArdle called “Beyond Soccer,” which exposes soccer to inner-city youths in Lawrence.

“It really hasn’t been a grind because I’ve been so involved with more than just the high school part,” Tarbox said. “It’s been a great experience for me.”

Tarbox likely will help his son’s program when he is retired. Fred is the head coach for the Haverhill girls varsity program.

The 63-year-old retired from teaching history at Greater Lawrence when he was 58.

He certainly has plenty of things to keep him busy, including his hobby of collecting train sets.

When Tarbox was about 10 years old, his father brought him home a train set from Europe.

“I hung onto it and kept going,” Tarbox said, chuckling.

But right now, Tarbox is focused on one final postseason run with his North Adover program, which he has developed into a local power. Tarbox has taken the Scarlet Knights to the tournament every single year.

“We’ll see what we’re made of when we play teams from other leagues,” Tarbox said. “We don’t have any problems with injuries on our team. So hopefully, we’ll have the fortune of keeping a healthy squad and playing well together as we’ve done during the season. Winning game after game after game — that would be ideal. Finishing my career at North Andover, that’s what I would like to see. But time will tell.”

Not only is he a tremendous coach on the field, but he is off the field, too.

He always calls The Eagle-Tribune after games with in-depth game details and always will provide good story ideas about his players when asked. He is tremendously enthusiastic and wants his players to receive the attention and credit they deserve.

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