Pittsburgh -- Director of Athletics Craig Coleman announced today the hiring of Dale Starr as the new head volleyball coach at Robert Morris University. Starr is the ninth head coach in the 26-year history of the Colonial program.
"We are very excited to have Dale Starr as our new volleyball coach,” Coleman said. “Dale has an extensive coaching resume, with six years of Division I head coaching experience. He has all of the tools necessary to hit the ground running, and to build on the tradition of success that has become synonymous with RMU volleyball."
Starr brings to Robert Morris a vast background in collegiate coaching, having served as the head coach at McNeese State University for six years (2004-2010) and the head coach at Division II Mississippi University (1999-2002). He has also had experience working as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee at Martin (2003-2004;1998-1999) and Boise State (2002-2003).
While at McNeese, Starr recorded an overall record of 96-81 and a league record of 57-43. In 2006, he guided his team to a Southland Conference East Division Championship and throughout his career coached five teams to conference tournaments, with three of them making semi-final appearances. He coached eight All-SLC and six All-Louisiana players, coached the 2004 Louisiana Player of the Year, the 2009 Louisiana Freshman of the Year and the 2004 SLC Newcomer of the Year. Also, in 2004 he coached the program’s first ever AVCA Sports Imports National Player of the Week.
His team also performed strong on the academic end, with 19 players earning All-Southland Conference Academic honors and in 2006 the team was honored with a player on the Academic All-American Second Team, which was a first for the program.
“I am always excited with any new job opportunity that comes along,” said head coach Dale Starr. I think the players are ready for an infusion of energy and I am looking forward to leading this team back to the top of the conference. My goal is to consistently compete for a conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance and I believe the core of this team’s talent can achieve this. I am ready to hit the ground running and am enjoying this adrenaline rush of starting in this position at RMU. It is great opportunity for everyone involved, including the coaches and players to make a fresh start.”
Prior to his appointment with McNeese, Starr spent one season with the two-time defending Ohio Valley Conference Champions, University of Tennessee at Martin, and two seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for Boise State.
He captured his first head coaching experience at Division II University of Mississippi, where he coached three First Team Academic All-Americans and Six All-Gulf South Conference Players. He led his team to a third-place finish in the GSC West Division and a berth in the GSC Tournament for the first time since 1996. He finished with an overall record of 50-47 in three seasons.
Starr began his career at the University of Tennessee at Martin as the only assistant for a team that set school records for wins in a season (15) and conference wins in a season (8).
Before beginning his collegiate debut, Starr worked as the head coach at Eagle Valley High School, Highland High School, Colorado Extreme Volleyball Club and worked as a volunteer assistant for his alma mater, the University of Northern Colorado.
Starr and his wife Michelle have two daughters, Kalee and Madison.