IUWBB: Assistant Todd Starkey to be named Kent State’s head coach

Indiana women’s basketball Todd Starkey will become Kent State’s next head coach, according to a source.

Starkey was brought to IU in August 2014 as part of Teri Moren’s coaching staff. Prior to joining the Hoosiers, he was the head coach at Division II  Lenoir-Ryne University in Hickory, North Carolina, He compiled a 165-95 record in nine seasons there and was named the national Div. II coach of the year for the 2008-09 season.

Starkey reportedly interviewed for the Western Carolina job after last season. He remained at IU, though, and was on a staff that guided the Hoosiers to 21 wins and the program’s first NCAA tournament game since 1983. Moren was the Big Ten’s coach of the year, but generously credited her staff for the program’s success.

That surely helped Starkey’s stock as he interviewed for the Kent State job last week, which opened up when Danielle O’Banion’s contract was not renewed. Kent State finished 6-23 (3-15  Mid-American Conference) in 2015-16 and complied a 21- 98 record in four years under O’Banion.


  1. While it is great for Todd that he is getting a head coaching opportunity, it is certainly a loss for IU. He was most certainly an integral part of a very good coaching staff in Bloomington as evidenced by coach Moren being named coach of the year in the Big 10. Congratulations Todd. I hope that coach Moren is able to find an outstanding replacement for Todd who can add to the great accomplishments that this coaching staff has already made.

  2. Two interesting things this morning. Go to the ESPN website and click on the 3 dots on the extreme right of the black bar at top of page. A box will drop down, click on NCAAW. There is an article entitled “Way to early preseason poll”, IU is ranked #23 in the poll for next year, interesting?
    Also, on the website, right below the poll article is the interviews that were on “Outside the Lines” yesterday about the coaches’ investigations in case you missed it?

  3. T. Moren has gotten a solid start to her coaching career at IU over some bumps in the road. She now has an assistant making a head coaching jump though he had his own credentials. I am sure she is quite capable of bringing in a competent replacement to the staff. She is laying a solid foundation and she will continue to demonstrate her program building abilities.

  4. Mike c — Very interesting indeed on the ranking considering IU only got a point in the voting one week only to drop out the next week. I do wonder how much we lost with Jess’s shooting ability , hopefully a better defense and depth will make up for some of that.

  5. Lets just remember that this ” way too early” ranking is done by one individual charlie creme who is usually pretty close on womens teams, but is not the AP ranking which by many is considered the holy grail of rankings done by a mass media. Still it causes one to wonder and at least one individual holds IUWBB in a much higher regard than previously.

  6. Good point Steve, Charlie knows as much about the women’s game as anyone! His seeding’s every year in the bracketology are usually spot on. The “way to early” poll are as it states, way to early. Many things determine where these teams will actually be next year in the early season polls including; transfers (some of which haven’t declared yet), coaching changes, possible graduates moving to other schools with eligibility remaining. All of these possible things could change team strengths? Steve you are absolutely right about people now starting to take notice of IU women’s basketball! Go Hoosiers!!

  7. Mike- Im not sure where I heard this maybe it was you , that IU will not slip up and surprise anyone next season and now with a possible ranking will for sure have a bit of a target on their back, everyone trying even harder to knock us off, I know that you have in the past , but recently as a precursor I have been watching replays Gulley and especially Tia Elbert’s games at marquette. I have watched maybe 4-5 of those games to get a feel for what they can bring with great enthusiasm. Go Hoosiers!

  8. I don’t like the thought of a pre-season ranking.
    We had a perfect big10 schedule this year and a lot of people didn’t think they had to do much to beat us.
    All of that will likely change next year.
    If we finish fourth again next year, get in the NCAA and win one game, I’ll be tickled to death.

  9. I have to agree a pre-season ranking means little but is food for thought and maybe is more for the fans. This year IU probably overachieved only playing 7 players on a consistant basis and no true pt guard besides buss. Tia Elbert started at point for Marquette as a freshman so help there. Hopefully with the other incoming freshmen our depth will pay off next season.

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