YEAR IN REVIEW: 2006-07 Coach of the Year

With the start of football season less than a week away, we will officially close the books on the 2006-07 athletic season at LSU. Throughout the end of the week, we will recap the past 12 months in LSU sports. Today, we look at the 2006-07 Coach of the Year.

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Bob Starkey

Women's Basketball


While there were coaches who might have done more, Bob Starkey is to be commended for his accomplishments in 2007.


Starkey was handed the reigns of the Lady Tiger basketball program at no doubt its darkest hour. Wildly popular head coach Pokey Chatman abruptly resigned in the first week of March a week prior to LSU's opening game of the NCAA Tournament. Controversy swarmed as to what sparked Chatman's resignation; later to be determined it was for inappropriate contact with players.


Starkey "circled the wagons" so to speak, held the team together and led the Lady Tigers on a magnificent run all the way to the Final Four. It was LSU's fourth straight trip to the road of four and Starkey became the third coach to lead LSU to the national semifinals joining Sue Gunter and Pokey Chatman. The Lady Tigers magical ride ended with a loss to Rutgers, but a spectacular 73-50 thrashing of No. 4 Connecticut will be remembered forever.


Afterwards, Starkey said he would not accept the head coaching position. He even went so far as to say he would leave the coaching profession if he wasn't retained by whoever was hired. Former Ole Miss coach Van Chancellor was hired in mid April. His first item of business was to retain the services of Starkey.



Runners Up:


Les Miles (Football) – Led LSU to a No. 3 finish, its second straight 10-plus win season, an 11-2 record and Sugar Bowl title.


Dennis Shaver (Track & Field) – Led the LSU Men and Women Track teams to identical national runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships.


Yvette Girouard (Softball) – Was two wins away from a third trip to the Women's College World Series. Went 55-12 overall and finished second in the SEC with a 22-6 league mark.


Fran Flory (Volleyball) – Compiled her best record at LSU going 26-6 overall and 16-4 in the SEC. Finished the season ranked No. 16.

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