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Bob Starkey
Position: Associate Head Coach
Hometown: Charleston, W. Va.
Experience: 21 Years
Email: rstarke@lsu.edu
Bob Starkey Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 08/19/2010

Bob Starkey, one of the top minds in all of college basketball, enters his 22nd season at LSU and 13th season on the LSU women's basketball staff. Starkey has been a part of all five of the Lady Tigers' NCAA Final Fours.

Starkey was promoted to associate head coach by Van Chancellor on May 15, 2007 after serving as LSU's acting head coach during the 2007 NCAA Tournament run that saw the Lady Tigers advance to the program's fourth straight Final Four.

As acting head coach Starkey guided the team to wins over UNC Asheville, West Virginia, Florida State and No. 1 seed Connecticut to reach Cleveland and the Final Four.

Starkey has been with the Lady Tigers' program since joining the team on a full-time basis in 1998 under legendary coach Sue Gunter. Starkey had served as the administrative assistant for both the LSU men's and women's basketball team for two years prior to joining the Lady Tigers as assistant coach.

Starkey works with all phases of the program, which includes working with post players on the practice floor. He also breaks down game tape and develops game plans while compiling scouting reports on LSU's opponents.

On the court, Starkey has been instrumental in the development of post players. As a men's coach at LSU he worked with Shaquille O'Neal, Stanley Roberts and Geert Hammink, all first round picks in the NBA. Starkey also coached Ron Moore, a 1987 NBA draft pick from West Virginia State College.

As a women's coach, Starkey continued his work with the posts, including Sylvia Fowles, the second overall pick of the 2008 WNBA draft, first-round WNBA pick Aiysha Smith and second-round WNBA picks DeTrina White and Ke-Ke Tardy.

In addition, Starkey handles all scheduling for the Lady Tigers, serves as the director of the LSU Lady Tigers' Fast Break Club and is also involved in all areas of promotions for the women's program. With his help, the Lady Tigers have enjoyed great success over the past few years, including finishing in the top 20 in the country in average home attendance in the past six seasons.

As the administrative assistant, Starkey provided valuable assistance to both the men's and women's programs, handling many of the responsibilities for both groups that would ease the work load for the coaching staff, allowing them to concentrate fully on their teams, recruiting and future opponents.

Starkey served as tournament director for the 1997 NCAA Women's Basketball Subregional held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The NCAA Subregional was the first for LSU to host and it was also called by many that attended the event as one of the best-run subregionals since the NCAA changed tournament formats.

Perhaps Starkey's finest achievement in the role of administrative assistant came in development of Pack the PMAC. The Pack the PMAC promotion has developed into an LSU tradition.

Prior to his stint as an administrative assistant, Starkey served as an assistant coach for Dale Brown on the LSU men's basketball staff from 1990-1996, during which time the Tigers participated in four NCAA Tournaments. While on the men's staff, Starkey coached three first-round NBA draft picks in Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Jackson and Stanley Roberts. As a recruiter, he helped sign three nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including one which was rated No. 1 in the country.

Groomed on the high school level in West Virginia, Starkey started his coaching career as an assistant at Winfield High School where he helped guide the boys' program to a five-year record of 72-45 and the girls' program to an 87-23 record.

Starkey then made his first appearance in the collegiate ranks as an assistant at West Virginia College on the NAIA level. In his three-year stint at West Virginia State, the program blossomed with improving records of 17-10, 26-4 and 31-4. That final season saw the Yellow Jackets capture conference and district titles on their way to the NAIA National Championship game, where they were a one-point loser to Washburn University.

Following that, Starkey also served for one year at Poca High School in West Virginia with his former high school coach, Allen Osborne, and teamed up for the 1988-89 season with Judy Southard to lead the women's program at Marshall to an 18-10 record and a regular season Southern Conference Championship. Southard is now in her fourth year as the senior woman administrator at LSU after serving as the Athletic Director at Texas Women's University.

Starkey, who considers himself a full-time student of the game, has written numerous articles and has authored such basketball books as The 2-3 Match-Up Defense and Motion Offense. His latest project is a Basketball Coaching Series of books that include The Art of Being An Assistant Coach, The Art of Scouting and The Art of Motivation.

Starkey is a master motivator and runs his own coaching and player online blog that features daily updates at http://hoopthoughts.blogspot.com. In the spring of 2009, Starkey and LSU head football coach Les Miles became the first two coaches in the Athletic Department to create their own Twitter accounts on the popular social networking entity. Fans can follow Starkey and the Lady Tigers on a close basis at www.twitter.com/LSUCoachStarkey.

The native of Charleston, W.V., is married to the former Sherie Hayslett, also a native of West Virginia.

The Starkey File
Birthdate: September 7, 1959
Age: 51
Wife: Sherie
Hometown: Charleston, W.V.

Coaching Experience:
1984-87, Assistant Coach, West Virginia State
1988-89, Women's Assistant Coach, Marshall University
1990-1996, Assistant Coach, LSU Men's Basketball
1996-1997, Assistant Coach, LSU Men's Basketball LSU Men's & Women's Basketball
1998-2007, Assistant Coach, LSU Women's Basketball
2007, Acting head coach, LSU Women's Basketball
2007-present, Associate head coach, LSU Women's Basketball

Coaching Records and Highlights:

Year

Record

Position

Highlights

1985

17-10

Assistant Coach - West Virginia State

 

1986

26-4

Assistant Coach - West Virginia State

 

1987

31-4

Assistant Coach - West Virginia State

NAIA national runner-up

1989

18-10

Assistant Coach - Marshall women

 

1990

23-9

Assistant Coach - LSU men

NCAA Second Round

1991

20-10

Assistant Coach - LSU men

NCAA First Round

1992

21-10

Assistant Coach - LSU men

NCAA Second Round

1993

22-11

Assistant Coach - LSU men

NCAA First Round

1994

11-16

Assistant Coach - LSU men

 

1995

12-15

Assistant Coach - LSU men

 

1996

12-17

Assistant Coach - LSU men

 

1999

22-8

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Sweet 16

2000

25-7

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Elite Eight

2001

20-11

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Second Round

2002

18-12

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Second Round

2003

30-4

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Elite Eight/SEC Tourn. Champs

2004

27-8

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Final Four

2005

33-3

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Final Four/SEC Champions

2006

31-4

Assistant Coach - LSU women

NCAA Final Four/SEC Champions

2007

30-8

Assistant/Acting Head Coach - LSU women

NCAA Final Four

2008

31-6

Associate Head Coach - LSU women

NCAA Final Four/SEC Champions

2009

19-11

Associate Head Coach - LSU women

NCAA Second Round

2010 21-10

Associate Head Coach - LSU women

NCAA Second Round 

 

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