Coach Todd Starkey on Kent State: ‘I’m in my dream job here’


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Ty Linder, who usually broadcast men’s basketball for Kent State, has a nice profile of women’s coach Todd Starkey on, the athletic department’s website.

You can read it here.

Starkey is always quotable. Some excerpts from the story:

On getting the opportunity to switch from coaching men to women at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina: “I’d never thought about coaching women’s basketball. I was spinning my wheels on the men’s side.”

On substitute teaching to help make ends meet: “Every kid in the class was smarter than me. I was literally 24 hours ahead of them in their knowledge of economics.”

On watching Kent State’s Elite Team at the NCAA Regionals in 2002: “I fell in love with Trevor Huffman’s game. He had an unbelievable tournament, and I remember thinking, ‘Man, this dude can play.'”

On Larissa Lurken’s record-breaking season last year:”I’ve never seen a turnaround from one season to the next like I saw in Larissa.”

On coaching at Kent State: “I’m in my dream job here. I love it here, even more than I thought I would. And I thought I was going to like it a lot.”

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