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When St. Mary’s shut out Cambridge, 35-0, at Manning Field Saturday night, the victory was significant for a reason other than it marked the opening of the 2011 season: Coach Matt Durgin recorded his 100th career win.
Durgin, who is in his 15th season as a head coach, is 100-52, a .658 winning percentage. In his fourth year at St. Mary’s, Durgin is 23-11 with the Spartans. He went 72-35 in 10 seasons at Lynn Classical (1997-2003 and 2005-07) and 5-6 in one year at Malden Catholic (2004).
“I’ve been fortunate to have some great athletes play for me over the years,” said Durgin, who also serves as game director of the Agganis All-Star Football Classic.
St. Mary’s Athletic Director Jeff Newhall said it’s no accident that Durgin has built a winning program at two schools.
“Matt was 1-10 in his first year at Classical, then two years later he had back-to-back 10-1 seasons,” said Newhall, who served as an assistant under Durgin at Classical. “With us, the record has gone from 5-6 to 7-4 to 10-1. That’s the sign of a great coach.”
St. Mary’s Head of School Dr. Raymond A. Bastarache said the school is lucky to have Durgin – and not just because of the winning record.
“I have seen firsthand what a positive influence Matt has had in the lives of his players at Classical and now at St. Mary’s,” said Bastarache, a former deputy superintendent in Lynn Public Schools. “He combines coaching excellence with being an outstanding role model for our student-athletes.”
Durgin’s connections to St. Mary’s runs deep: his sister, Michele, is dean of students; his two daughters, Molly and Mattie, are students. His uncle, Walter, is a volunteer at the school; and Newhall is his cousin.
“This is a perfect situation for me,” he said. “I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to coach here.”