In football, Mark was an outstanding guard and middle linebacker on the 1967, 1968, and 1969 Green and White football squads and captained his senior year.
Mark was chosen as a Telegram and Gazette All-Star in his senior year. This same year, he led the Green and White to the Central Mass. Class B Championship and had a record number of solo tackles from his middle linebacker position.
According to Border Conference League football coaches, he was acclaimed to be “the most outstanding linebacker in Central MA in 1969.”
He continued his stellar play during his four seasons at Nichols College, where he dominated once more defensively as a linebacker. He captained the 1973 Nichols Football team to their first New England Football Conference Championship. He also played Lacrosse during his tenure at Nichols, at what other position, but defense. The goalie on that lacrosse team referred to him as, “a brick wall in front of the wall and was very seldom penetrated.”
After playing defense in football for Coach Langevin, at Bartlett and at Nichols College in Dudley, he describes Mark as “the most dominating linebacker in his 35 years as a coach.” In the language of football, Langevin quotes, “Mark as having more turtle hits (hitting an opponent so that they end up flat on their back) in one season than most defenders have in a full career.”
At Nichols College, he was named no less than nine times, in 1973, to the weekly ECAC All-East Team. He was also the first Nichols athlete to be named to the first All-East Team in 1973. Mark was inducted in the Nichols Hall of Fame in 1980.
Mark has been employed in the Oxford school system where he teaches Math in Program Coffee. He went on to serve as defensive football coach for thirteen years with the Pirates, at which time he was able to coach his sons Josh, Abe, and Sam on the gridiron to two Super Bowl games.
He is also the proud parent of one daughter Mariya. He resides in Webster.
There is no question that Mark will go down as one of the most dominant recognized gridiron players ever at both Bartlett and Nichols College.