Widely considered one of the top minds in all of college basketball has had a decorated career having spent 30 years in the SEC Conference. After his ninth season with Texas A&M, the Aggies won the SEC Regular Season Title. Starkey has had a decorated career, having been a part of 780 collegiate victories, 24 NCAA Tournaments, eight trips to the Elite Eight and five straight trips to the Women's Final Four (2004-08), including serving as Acting Head Coach for LSU's 2007 Women's Final Four run. After arriving to A&M in 2012, Coach Starkey helped the Aggies to the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship, the 2014 NCAA Elite Eight and three NCAA Sweet 16s. One of the best defensive coaches in basketball, Starkey’s teams have allowed an average of 56.6 points per game since 2004-05. In seven of those seasons, Starkey’s team has ranked among the top 10 nationally in points allowed per game, and seven of his players have been named to the SEC All-Defensive team, since the conference started naming that team in 2007-08Starkey spent 22 seasons (1989-11) at LSU, the last 13 of which came on the bench with the women’s basketball program. 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. As a recruiter, he helped sign three nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including one which was rated No. 1 in the country. His players have won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year three times. Seven of his players were named NBA or WNBA All-Rookie during their first year in the league. In addition, three of his players went on to win Olympic Gold Medals. Starkey spent a season at UCF (2011-12) immediately prior to coming to A&M. Before his extended stretch at LSU, Starkey spent one year as an assistant at Marshall during the 1988-89 season and three seasons as a men’s assistant coach 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. Heavily involved in charitable causes, Starkey serves on the board of directors for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, A STEP UP, and the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Coach Starkey, considers himself a full-time student of the game, has written numerous articles and has authored two basketball books. Starkey is originally from Charleston, West Virginia, and is married to the former Sherie Hayslett, also a native of West Virginia. On April 15, 2021 Bob Starkey joined the Auburn Tigers Women’s basketball staff.