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Bob Starkey Joins Aggie Women’s Hoops Coaching Staff

April 14, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Bob Starkey, widely considered one of the top minds in all of college basketball, has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach at Texas A&M, head coach Gary Blair announced Saturday.

Starkey comes to Aggieland after a season as an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida and following 22 seasons at LSU.

"Bob has been on my short list of coaches that I would consider for a long, long time, but I thought he was always untouchable being at LSU for so many years," Blair said. "He's an excellent defensive coach, works with post players, is a great tactician of the game, and helped take LSU to the Final Four five times. He helped develop Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and LaSondra Barrett and many others at LSU to go on to become All-SEC players, All-Americans, WNBA players and Olympians.

"I think Bob fits my personality and my needs at the present time to be able to join a program that's at the top, and we want to maintain and continue what we've been doing on the floor and in recruiting for a long time to come. Bob comes highly recommended by every coach in the country. As soon as his name goes across the wire it will give us instant credibility with coaches, recruits and opponents."

In his 22 seasons involved with LSU basketball, Starkey was a member of the LSU women's basketball coaching staff for 13 years. He was promoted to associate head coach under legendary coach Van Chancellor in 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.

Starkey helped guide LSU to four Southeastern Conference Championships, 12 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s, seven Elite Eights and five consecutive trips to the Final Four. He was a key component in the Lady Tigers' outstanding record of 326-105 (.756) from 1998-2011.

Starkey worked with all phases of the LSU program, which included post players, breaking down game film and developing game plans while compiling opponent scouting reports. He was very influential in the development of post player Fowles, the second overall pick of the 2008 WNBA draft who currently plays with the Chicago Sky. He also coached other WNBA first round picks including Aiysha Smith (previously with the Washington Mystics), Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Temeka Johnson (Tulsa Shock), Marie Ferdinand (Phoenix Mercury), and Scholanda Robinson (Tulsa Shock).

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

In his first role at LSU, Starkey served as an assistant coach for Dale Brown on the LSU men's basketball staff from 1990-96, during which time the Tigers participated in four NCAA Tournaments. While on the men's staff, Starkey worked closely in developing 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.

In his 25-year collegiate coaching tenure, Starkey has worked with 16 20-win teams and has been a postseason participant 17 times.

"I'm very excited to have the opportunity to become a part of the Aggie family," Starkey said. "Certainly the Texas A&M women's basketball team is among the nation's elite, and I look forward to not only contributing but learning as well. My friendship with Coach Blair goes back to some of our great battles in the Southeastern Conference.  I've always respected the way his teams play, but more importantly I have respected him as a person.

"Texas A&M is a university that is steep in tradition and has a culture of excellence both academically and athletically.  One of the things I have learned in my many years of coaching is that greatness comes about because of the people involved, and I am eager to be a part of the great Aggie spirit."

Before his extended stretch at LSU, Starkey spent one year as an assistant at Marshall during the 1988-89 season and three seasons at West Virginia State from 1984-87. In his final season at West Virginia State, he helped guide the Yellow Jackets to conference and district titles on their way to the NAIA National Championship game.

Starkey began his coaching career on the high school level as an assistant at Winfield High School in West Virginia.

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.

Starkey is originally from Charleston, W.V., and is married to the former Sherie Hayslett, also a native of West Virginia.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT STARKEY

"When Gary Blair had to replace a great coach in Vic Schaefer, he hit a grand slam in bottom of the ninth with two outs with Bob Starkey. That ball went out of the park.  Bob is the ultimate assistant coach. He's such a hard worker and will be a great addition to the Aggie women's basketball coaching staff."
- Van Chancellor, Former LSU Women's Basketball Coach (2007-11) and Women's Basketball Coaching Legend

"A&M has just made a tremendous slam-dunk hire with Bob Starkey. I've been in the business a long time and in coaching, when you see someone who has it all, you write them down as a blue-chipper. Bob's got it all. I've never ever seen anyone that has the work ethic, the loyalty and the love he has for his job and the people and players he works with. Texas A&M is going to be even more of a threat with him there."
- Dale Brown, Former LSU Men's Basketball Coach (1972-97)

"I tried to get Starkey last year in a different capacity, so I am thrilled he will be joining our family. We have always been known for our dominant guard play. Through our recruiting efforts, I believe our post play is now just as dominant. It was imperative to me that Coach Blair sought out the best possible coach and person to take our current and future post players to the next level."
- Kelly Bond, Texas A&M Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach (2007-Present)

THE STARKEY FILE
Birthdate:  September 7, 1959
Age:  52
Wife:  Sherie
Hometown:  Charleston, W.V.

Coaching Experience:
1984-87, Assistant Coach, West Virginia State
1988-89, Women's Assistant Coach, Marshall University
1990-96, Assistant Coach, LSU Men's Basketball
1996-97, Assistant Coach, LSU Men's Basketball
1997-98, Administrative Assistant, LSU Men's & Women's Basketball
1998-07, Assistant Coach, LSU Women's Basketball
2007, Acting Head Coach, LSU Women's Basketball
2007-11, Associate Head Coach, LSU Women's Basketball
2011-12, Assistant Coach, UCF Women's Basketball
2012-  , Assistant Coach, Texas A&M 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 

2011

19-13

Associate Head Coach - LSU women

 

2012

12-17

Assistant Coach - UCF women

 
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