Columbia – Missouri women's tennis coach Blake Starkey is resigning his position. The Missouri Athletic Department announced that Starkey has accepted the position of Director of Tennis at the Country Club of Little Rock, in Little Rock, Ark.
Steven Stuckenschneider, who serves as the Green Tennis Center Manager, has been named Interim Head Coach until Starkey’s successor is identified, while current Assistant Coach Helen Besovic has been named Interim Associate Head Coach.
After 14 years, Starkey steps down as the longest-serving coach of the MU women’s tennis team. He joined the program in the spring of 1997, inheriting a team which went 0-16 the year before he came to Columbia. He quickly got the Tigers on the road to respectability, and after putting together winning seasons in 2000-01 and 2001-02, the Tigers surged to national prominence in 2002-03, when Starkey helped lead the program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance.