Aug. 26, 2014
From Boston University Athletic Communications
BOSTON - Head coach Sally Starr of the Boston University field hockey team will be inducted into the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2014, as announced by the NFHCA Office on Wednesday.
For over three decades, Starr has been instrumental in turning Boston University into one of the most respected programs in the nation. Her 414 career victories ranks 11th all-time amongst college field hockey coaches, as her Terrier teams have been nationally ranked since the mid-1980s. Starr's win total is sixth among active Division I coaches and needs just five more wins to reach 400 during her time at BU.
BU has won eight conference tournaments and made 10 NCAA appearances under Starr, who has twice been named the NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year. In addition, she has led the program to 12 regular-season conference titles and 15 appearances in conference championship games.
Since 1985, the Terriers have finished the season ranked in the top 20 21 times, and have finished in the top 10 six times. Starr's 1985 squad set the tone for future decades of field hockey on Commonwealth Avenue, posting 17 wins and reaching the NCAA semifinals
Starr began her coaching career atNew Hampshire in 1978, serving as the head coach of the Wildcat junior varsity field hockey team and as an assistant coach with the women's lacrosse team. The following year, she began a two-year stint as head coach at Bucknell. In 1981, Starr took over the Terrier program.
During her 31 years at the Division I level (BU gained Division I status in 1983), Starr has coached 35 NFHCA All-Americans, including six first-team selections, and 72 of her players have earned a combined 121 All-Region selections. Twelve of her players have received conference Player of the Year honors, and nine were conference Rookies of the Year. Terrier players have earned first- or second-team all-conference honors a total of 106 times.
Under Starr's guidance, 13 Terriers have been elected to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame. In recognition of her efforts, Starr was named America East Coach of the Year six times (1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2004 and 2007).
A native of Camp Hill, Pa., Starr graduated from Ursinus College, where she guided the field hockey team to three consecutive AIAW Division I championship matches. She also earned varsity letters in basketball and lacrosse and was inducted into the Ursinus Hall of Fame in 1994.
Following graduation, she was selected to the U.S. Field Hockey Team and participated in the 1978 and 1979 National Sports Festivals. She was also a member of the national lacrosse team in 1978.
Starr coaches at U.S. Development programs and camps, and is a member of the U.S. Field Hockey Association. In 1998, she served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team, which competed in the World Cup in the Netherlands.
In 2008, Starr was one of 18 coaches invited to the inaugural Level III accreditation course that was hosted by USFHA technical director Terry Walsh in Palm Springs, Calif., and was one of only five who received the accreditation.
Starr will be joined in the Class of 2014 by former University of Southern Maine head coach Paula Hodgdon and Bowdoin College head coach Nicky Pearson.
The NFHCA will be welcoming the new class into the NFHCA Hall of Fame during the 2015 NFHCA Annual Convention, which will be held Jan. 15-18, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island.