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Starkey staying put

December 23, 2002|by MARK KELLER

Bob Starkey's ears must have been burning terribly.

Rumors swirled all day Friday that the South Hagerstown boys basketball coach had resigned following the Rebels' loss to Boonsboro Thursday night.

Though the rumors were true for a few hours, Starkey decided to stay on with the Rebels after a day of soul searching.

"I don't know where they would get something like that, just because I told the players (I was quitting)," Starkey said.

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Starkey admitted that he had considered stepping down prior to the Boonsboro game for several reasons - some he could not divulge, others he would not. He told his players following the game, but reconsidered his decision Friday afternoon.

"I had it in my mind, but I changed my mind," Starkey said. "I really mulled it over. I didn't answer the phone all day, and I thought and thought about it.

"I'll be at practice (Saturday) morning at 11 a.m."

South athletic director Mike Tesla said Starkey's apparent departure was a hot topic on campus Friday, but a phone call from Starkey late in the day put the talk to rest.

"We were wondering for a while, but he called in here at 3:30," Tesla said. "As far as I'm concerned, nothing happened."

Starkey took over the Rebels in 1995 following their first Monocacy Valley Athletic League title and first trip to the state semifinals in 15 years.

With Starkey on the bench, South has won two more MVAL championships and gone back to the state semifinals three times, including last season. In his seven-plus seasons at South, he has a 113-63 record.

Prior to his tenure at South, Starkey was the head coach at Shepherd College, where he compiled a 360-204 record from 1968-88. He also coached at Loudoun County (Va.) High School.

Starkey has just five losing seasons in his 27 years combined at Shepherd and South.

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