JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 16, 2016) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday that Mike Starke has been named to the position of director of basketball sport performance. Starke replaces Don Brown, who served in the same role last season.
Starke, who will oversee all strength and conditioning efforts related to men's and women's basketball, including training, nutrition, and recovery needs for the program, was previously at D1 Sports Training Knoxville, where he served as the Head Strength Coach and General Manager of the facility. While at D1, Starke trained athletes including Joe Nathan (MLB) and Wes Roach (PGA).
“We are thrilled to have Mike on our staff,” said ETSU men’s basketball head coach Steve Forbes. “He has a proven track record of maximizing his student-athletes athletic potential. His infectious personality and passion for player development will lead to tremendous results for our player’s in the weight room and on the court.
“Mike has worked with several players I’ve recruited and coached in the past, and he comes highly recommended amongst people I trust and respect.”
Women’s basketball head coach Brittney Ezell was equally impressed by Starke’s credentials.
“Coach Forbes and I were in complete agreement that our strength and conditioning coach needed to possess a depth of knowledge for basketball specific training, a commanding presence, and the ability to motivate our athletes with an unmatched passion and enthusiasm for the position,” Ezell said. “With those criteria met and exceeded, I genuinely believe that Mike Starke fits the needs of our programs and will play an integral role in the continual growth of ETSU women’s and men’s basketball. He is committed to the development of our young people and has boundless energy that will permeate throughout our teams. We are excited to have Mike join the ETSU basketball family.”
Prior to D1, Starke was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Miami University (Ohio). At Miami, Starke was directly responsible for training men's and women's basketball, and assisted with football.
Starke spent two years at the University of Tennessee where he worked for the men's basketball team as a strength and conditioning intern. In Starke's first year with the team, the Vols made a deep run in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16. Starke also served as a graduate assistant and received a Master's of Science degree in Sport Management.
A 2013 graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead (Minn.), Starke received a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. While at Concordia College, Starke was a three-year starter at wide receiver on the football team. Starke is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Level 1 Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.
Starke and his wife, Teresa, have a newborn daughter, Kinsley Starke.