Athlete Bio

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Chris Marquet

Class of 1979

Arguably the most versatile athlete in the history of Concord-Carlisle sports, Chris Marquet won varsity letters in five different sports, earning an unheard of 14 varsity letters while competing in soccer, swimming, track, fencing and lacrosse.

Born in California, Marquet moved to Concord in first grade, and attended Willard and Peabody before entering CCHS in the fall of 1975. Marquet was a three-year letterwinner on some very good soccer teams under the direction of Coach Hank Devlin, who helped build the program to respectability in those years. A senior captain and team MVP, Marquet was a DCL All-Star as a junior and senior. In the winter, Marquet somehow balanced swimming and fencing. In his three years in the pool, he set a CCHS record in the 100m Breast Stroke, stepping away as a senior to focus on his other sports commitments.

Fencing was where Marquet left his biggest mark under the tutelage of legendary Hall of Fame coach Elliott Lilien, who founded and built the CCHS program in to regional and national prominence in those years. A three-year varsity performer and senior captain on teams that routinely beat college programs, Marquet gradu- ated with CCHS records for most bouts won in Epee and most career bouts won. In his senior year, he captured the New England HS Epee title, and also competed in the Junior Olympics held at Harvard University that year.

“Chris truly embodied everything great about being a student-athlete at Concord-Carlisle in those days,” said Lilien. “He was the quintessential teammate, and raised the level of expectation for all those around him with how he performed and conducted himself. He was one of the best captains our program ever had, and he brought a sense of competitiveness and commitment to everything he did in his four years.”

In spring of his senior year, Hall of Fame teacher/coach Jim McClellan, the Godfather of CCHS lacrosse, lured Marquet on to the lacrosse field. Chris managed to compete for the track team that spring and lead the team in points while also playing in all of the lacrosse games. Elected captain of track and field by his teammates, Mar- quet declined the honor because his attention and time were split between the two sports.

“My memories of CCHS are happy ones, and include long road trips for Fencing and often beating college teams all over the Northeast year after year. Fencing in the Junior Olympics held at Harvard University in 1979. Clinching a meet against Harvard as a sophomore with the final bout victory in December 1976. Coach Lilien teaching me the meaning of commitment. Years of early morning swim practices at Brandeis U, Bedford and Acton pools. Coach McClellan opening my eyes to a new sport and giving me an opportunity to play lacrosse for the first time my senior year.Coach Robichaud’s consistent encouragement in Field events (javelin, triple jump). My mother endlessly shuttling me from one event to another – often juggling activities in near impossi- ble conflicts.”

Following graduation, Marquet attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1983. While in Hanover, he played JV soccer and participated in Club fencing. He and his wife, Karen, live in Wellesley and have three sons. Still active in masters Swimming and Fencing, Chris is the owner of Marquet International, Ltd., a boutique private investigative firm based in the area.