River Hill's Stara Steps Down After 24 Years, 14 State Titles

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bill Stara, whose teams won a Maryland public school record 14 state titles in boys' soccer, said yesterday he was retiring as a coach, four days after leading River Hill to its fourth consecutive 3A championship.

Stara, who guided Centennial and River Hill to seven state titles apiece, stepped down after 24 seasons of coaching.

"Every coach knows when it's time, and for the past year, I knew my time was coming," said Stara, who will remain as a science teacher at the Clarksville school. "I'm just tired, to be honest. My energy level is not what it used to be."

Stara, who has a career record of 341-37-19, started the program at River Hill when the school opened in 1996 after spending the previous 14 seasons at Centennial High in Ellicott City.

River Hill finished the season 14-1-2, sharing the Maryland 3A title with Towson when the teams played to a 1-1 draw last Thursday at UMBC.

-- Jon Gallo

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