Bill Starr Memorial Fund
Organized by: Greg Degl
Bill's legacy lives on through the thousands of people and lives he touched through his direct coaching, books, magazine articles, and by the passing of his unique perspective from generation to generation. We are asking for your support and generosity to make sure Bill's legacy also lives on at Johns Hopkins.
Upon his passing, the idea of memorializing Starrman's time at JHU was discussed, and following his service in June this idea was put into action. By working with the JHU Athletic Development team, the Bill Starr Memorial Fund was created as a way to honor and remember Bill's legacy at JHU. Every single Crowdrise donation will go directly to the Bill Starr Memorial Fund.
The JHU Athletic Development team has defined the following goals:
- $125,000 Giving
- Restricted Fund that would be earmarked for Weight Room Support (equipment, supplies, etc). This would be endowed and would kick off around 5% of that annually to support the room - we could name the fund after Starr.
- $250,000 Giving
- Restricted Fund as mentioned above and we could name the Weight Room after him as well.
JHU has agreed to launch a soft campaign, but they feel that without anchor donors equating to 50% to 70% of the gift, it is unlikely to happen. To date, JHU has received almost $45,000 in pledges and donations but this isn't enough to fully ensure naming rights for the fund.
Please note: Donations of >$5.00 can also be made via Hopkins Sport directly here. (NOTE: Select 'Bill Starr Memorial Fund' in the 2nd dropdown) . You may also contact Grant Kelly, Director of Athletic Development to discuss making your donation over time.
Pride & Poise.
- Augie Maurelli, JHU '93
- David Stein, JHU '93
- James Pettit, '94
- Greg Degl, JHU '94
- Dan Dziadosz, JHU '95
Written by Augie Maurelli: "Some called him Starrman, others Poppa, others Crazy….but there is no denying that the coaching tree of William A. Starr stretches far and wide. Coach Starr was a throwback – someone that challenged his athletes to perform using power and Olympic movements. He was more about work and effort than about bells and whistles, and the results spoke for themselves. Effort mattered to him more than talent... If you wanted to cheat a rep, that was on you- he didn’t need an intern to count your sets to know whether or not you were getting the job done. Reclusive? Absolutely. Controversial? Mostly. Stubborn? An understatement. But to those that knew him, trained with him, studied under him, only one word comes to mind - LEGEND."
Written by David Stein: "What was so beautiful about Starrman as a coach was that your current abilities, potential, or talent didn't matter as long as you gave him 100%. That's all that Bill asked for. You would do anything to make a lift in the hope that you would get a "Not Bad" with a squeeze on the trap and pinky poke into your ribs as recognition. He knew how to get the best out of his athletes and we all still long for his approval."
Written by Dr. Ken Leistner: "Those of us who knew him best see more clearly the fabric of his devotion to lifting weights as a lifestyle, as a means of defining oneself, as a vehicle to learn lessons, and as a reflection of an enormous passion that resulted in the almost incalculable influence on literally thousands of men and women, athletes and non-athletes, super stars and Joe-Bag-O’-Doughnuts guys that were moved to improve because of Bill’s presence. It was his ability to motivate, inspire, and cajole significant change in those he met that will insure that he will not be forgotten."