W. Basketball
W. Basketball: Todd Starkey

Todd Starkey

  Head Women's Basketball Coach
  Alma Mater: Montreat, 1993
  E-mail: todd.starkey@lr.edu
  Office Phone: (828) 328-7132

Todd Starkey is beginning his ninth year as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University and has undoubtedly lifted the Bears to new heights not only on a conference scale but on a regional and national level as well.

Last year, Starkey guided L-R to its third NCAA Division II Playoff berth in five years as the Bears finished with a 19-10 mark on the season including a 13-5 ledger in the South Atlantic Conference, good for second place in the league standings. Lenoir-Rhyne also put together its seventh straight winning campaign.

In 2011-12, Starkey led the Bears to a 19-9 mark including an 11-7 record in league play. The performance was good for a third-place tie in the conference standings for the Bears. In addition, Starkey became the winningest coach in school history during the season as well.

Three years ago, Starkey guided the young squad to a third-place finish as the Bears went 14-13 overall (11-7 in SAC play) and being picked to finish seventh in the preseason poll. For his efforts, Starkey was named the league coach of the year for the third straight season.

Hired in August of 2005, Starkey became the 10th coach in program history. Entering the 2013-14 campaign, Starkey has an 141-88 mark overall as Bear mentor.

Four years ago, Starkey led the Bears to their second straight South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship and subsequent berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. L-R finished with a 21-8 record and a 13-3 mark in league play while Starkey garnered league coach-of-the-year accolades for the second consecutive season as well. Three Lenoir-Rhyne players (Amber Holt, Brittany Mitch and Cameron Sealey) earned All-SAC honors while Holt was named to the second-team all-region squad.

In 2008-09, Starkey led Lenoir-Rhyne to one of its greatest seasons in school history. L-R finished the year with a 27-5 record overall and a 13-3 mark in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears, who finished with the second-most wins in program history, also captured the 2008-09 SAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.

In addition, the Bears hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament as the top seed and advanced to the tournament semifinals. Three players – Holt, Mitch and Denise Moore – earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors.

For his efforts, Starkey was named the 2008-09 South Atlantic Conference Coach Of The Year and the 2009 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach Of The Year.

Starkey, the first L-R Head Coach to win national coach-of-the-year honors in 50 years (Clarence Stasavich in 1959), was honored at the Women’s Final Four in St. Louis in April of 2009.

In 2007-08, the Bears recorded their second straight winning campaign with a 15-13 record and had one player earn First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honors (Holt.).

Seven years ago, the Bears improved by six games from the 2005-06 season to finish 16-12 overall and 9-7 in the South Atlantic Conference, a mark good for fourth place. In addition, L-R also landed two players on the All-SAC teams. Holt received first-team accolades and was named South Atlantic Conference Freshman Of The Year while Moore earned second-team honors.

The squad went through some growing pains in his first season at the helm in 2005-06, finishing with a 10-18 mark with a squad that did not have one single player recruited under his wing.

In the summer of 2013, Starkey was selected to the WBCA Board Of Directors and was elected to the NCAA Division II Group I position.

Starkey has also been an Assistant Coach for the L-R Men's Basketball Team for two seasons (2002-04), leading the team to the 2003-04 SAC Regular Season Championship and subsequent berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Starkey came to L-R in 2003 after coaching five seasons as an Assistant for the Men's Basketball Team at Montreat College (1998-03) where he helped the Cavaliers earn a berth in the NAIA National Tournament during the 1999-00 season.

That same year, Montreat improved its win total from seven to 22 games, the second-best improvement in the nation at any level.

Starkey, a 1993 graduate of Montreat, played one year of basketball for the Cavaliers after previously playing at Mars Hill College.

Todd Starkey receives his 2009 RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA Division II National Coach Of The Year award during Final Four Weekend in St. Louis.
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