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Sally Starr

 
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Sally Starr has put together an incredible 38-season tenure as head coach of the Boston University field hockey program.

She is a member of the NFHCA Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Starr established herself as one of the finest coaches in the nation long ago, leading the Terriers to 14 NCAA tournament appearances, including four in the past five seasons. In 2017, she was named the Dita/NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the third time in her stellar career (2005, 2007).

Starr is 11th all-time in career wins among college field hockey coaches with 481 - a total that ranks fifth among current Division I head coaches. Her teams have posted winning records in 30 of the past 35 seasons and have been ranked among the top programs in the country since the mid-1980s.

She has posted an impressive 462-290-19 record in her tenure at Boston University, which includes 14 NCAA tournament appearances, three ECAC Tournament appearances, the 1987 ECAC Championship, 12 conference tournament championships, 16 conference regular-season titles and 20 appearances in conference title games.

Under Starr's guidance, the program has been remarkably stable over the past quarter-century. Since 1985, the Terriers have finished the season ranked in the final national poll 26 times, and have finished in the top 10 six times.

The Terriers have won four consecutive Patriot League regular-season titles and have claimed the league's tournament championship in four of the past five seasons (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018).

In 2017, BU came from behind to top Bucknell, 2-1, in the Patriot League game to follow up a perfect 6-0 record in conference play. BU claimed its first PL title in 2014, topping top-seeded Bucknell on its own field after coming up short in the league championship game in 2013, their inaugural season in the conference. In 2015, the Terriers successfully defending their 2014 title on its home field with a victory over American in the championship game.

BU won eight America East conference titles under Starr before the athletic department changed its conference affiliation in 2013. The Terriers hoisted the league championship in four of its final eight seasons in the America East.

Starr and the Terriers earned back-to-back NCAA appearances for the first time in program history in 1999 and 2000 before repeating the feat in 2005 and 2006 and again in 2014 and 2015. In 2007, BU made it three straight league titles and enjoyed its winningest season ever. The Terriers posted an 18-6 record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time since 1991.