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March 23, 2012

Moving up the ladder

Georgetown coach Spurr went from player to assistant to head coach

GEORGETOWN — Justin Spurr bleeds the blue and white of Georgetown.

Spurr also lives for baseball. A graduate of the Georgetown class of 1996, Spurr played catcher for the Royals. He was named an all-star in his junior year and all-league in his senior year.

He then went on to play ball at Endicott College and returned to the field as a freshman coach at Pentucket under Tom L'Italien for two years, then graduated to junior varsity coach for two more.

"At Pentucket, I was right in with the green and white with the Sachems," says Spurr. "But the blue and white never left. This is where I really wanted to end up. This is the only place where I would want to be a varsity coach. I wouldn't take a varsity coaching job anywhere else."

Lucky for Spurr, the job was available, and now, he's the Royals' skipper.

After his time with the Sachems, Spurr returned to Georgetown as Mark Rowe's assistant coach. But as the 2011 season began, Rowe had a secret to tell Spurr.

"He told me that it could be his last year, but he wasn't sure," Spurr says of Rowe, who retired after last season to spend more time with his family. "So, he started grooming me, just in case. He had me going to the all-league meetings, and he would let me draw up practices. So, it started then. But I didn't know until I went through an interview process. I had a formal interview, and I was appointed to the job in January. I know Mark personally went to the school and gave a recommendation, and I'm grateful for that."

Interestingly enough, what Spurr is trying to bring to Georgetown comes more from what he learned as the freshman and junior varsity coach at Pentucket.

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