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Starke Resigns as Head Softball Coach

FROSTBURG, Md. — Chris Starke announced his immediate resignation as the head softball coach at Frostburg State University Friday, citing stress from trying to perform his coaching duties as well as his responsibilities as the University’s sports information director.

Bobcat Athletic Director Ralph Brewer has named assistant coach Wes Landrum interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

"While I have truly enjoyed my time as the head softball coach, I feel I cannot effectively perform two full-time positions that require 50 to 60 hours a week," said Starke, who will continue to serve as the school’s sports information director, a position he has held since July 1999.

"The time I was putting into one job was time taken away from the other job, and the stress I placed upon myself was adversely affecting my performance as well as my relationships with my players and co-workers.

"I’m going to greatly miss being around my players, but at the same time, I’m looking forward to refocusing my time and energy toward promoting the University’s athletic programs in the manner in which they deserve."

Starke was named FSU’s fifth head softball coach in May 2002 and helped the Bobcats to a 44-34 overall record in just over two seasons.

After a 13-12 finish in 2003, the Bobcats enjoyed record-breaking success in 2004, going 26-14 overall and 11-1 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and setting 28 school records, including marks for overall and conference victories.

The Bobcats claimed their first-ever regular-season AMCC title, hosted the AMCC Tournament for the first time and capped the year by earning a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament, the first post-season invitation in the program’s nine-year history.

Starke was named the AMCC Coach of the Year in 2003 and the AMCC Co-Coach of the Year last season. He coached 10 All-AMCC selections, including the 2003 Newcomer of the Year and the 2004 Co-Player of the Year.

FSU also enjoyed great success in the classroom, ranking among the top National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III academic squads last year. The Bobcats also had four NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete selections the past two years.

"This was an extremely difficult decision, but one I felt I had to make in the best interest of not only myself, but of the softball program as well as the other athletic teams," Starke said.

"I have the utmost love, respect and appreciation for Wes and our players. Wes has been a huge reason for our success the last two and a half years, and he will continue to do an outstanding job as the head coach.

"This group has a lot of talent and potential, and I would love nothing more than to see them lifting the AMCC championship plaque at the end of the season."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780