Immediate Release: May 10, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Two of Binghamton University's longest-tenured coaches have announced their resignations on the heels of their respective spring seasons. Men's tennis coach Michael Starke and softball coach Holly Brown have stepped down after successfully steering their programs through the University's transition from NCAA Division III to Division I athletics.
Starke, the most experienced coach on BU's staff, directed the men's tennis program for 19 full seasons beginning in 1987. His teams earned national recognition at Division III before making a smooth transition to Division I and the America East Conference. The men's tennis team captured three consecutive America East championships and Starke was named Coach of the Year an unprecedented three straight years (2003-05). He achieved a rare distinction of earning conference Coach of the Year accolades at all three divisional levels. In all, Starke coached 10 All-Americans and his teams advanced to NCAA competition seven times in the last 11 years. He maintained an overall record of 246-124 (66.5%).
Starke, who owns and operates the Binghamton Tennis Center, will devote his time and energy to the club.
Brown coached the softball team for 11 seasons beginning in 1996. Like Starke, she enjoyed great success at the Division III level, which made for a seamless transition to Division II and I. Brown's teams went to three straight NCAA Division III regionals in 1996-98. Her 1997 and 1998 squads each won state titles and were ranked No. 11 in the country. At Division II, Brown's teams advanced to back-to-back ECAC postseason tournaments in 1999 and 2000. She was named 1999 Coach of the Year in the New England Collegiate Conference after guiding Binghamton to a 16-2 record and conference crown. Her 2006 team won nine of its last 15 games, including a three-game sweep of Vermont to close out the season. She amassed 225 victories in her coaching tenure at Binghamton.
Brown will continue to work within the athletics department through the final year of her contract.
A national search for both head coaching positions is underway.
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