COACH OF THE YEAR
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
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.
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.