Football: Dan Starkey named coach at Lockport
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org February 24, 2014 9:36PM
Dan Starkey | File photo
Updated: February 25, 2014 2:13AM
Lockport didn’t have to look very far to find its man.
Dan Starkey, who lives about two blocks from the school, has been named the Porters’ football coach. The school board approved his hiring Monday night.
Starkey arrives from New Trier, where he compiled a 22-18 record during four seasons (2010 through ’13), guiding the Trevians to the playoffs each season.
“It’s really an exciting opportunity,” Starkey, 46, said. “I never thought the position would open up. When it did, I thought it would be a great opportunity. No doubt my commute is a lot shorter.”
Starkey is quite familiar with Lockport and its football program. His two oldest sons, Bo and Cole, graduated from the school in 2009 and ’11, respectively. Coincidentally, both played for Bret Kooi, who recently was named coach at Lemont.
Starkey’s youngest son, Roman, is a sophomore at Lockport and will have an opportunity to play for his father.
“I think I’m more excited right now,” Dan Starkey said. “He isn’t quite sure what it’s going to be like. I can’t wait to get the program turned around and share the experience with him.”
Prior to New Trier, Starkey manned the ship at Glenbard South, compiling a 37-26 record over six seasons (2004 through ’09) and qualifying for the postseason four times.
A native of Streator, Starkey began his career as an assistant coach at perennial power Wheaton Warrenville South. He was a four-time letterman as linebacker at Illinois State.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Lockport school district,” Starkey said. “It has great academic and athletic programs. We’re going to build solid young men the community can be proud of.”
Lockport athletic director Brian Goff said Starkey’s familiarity with the community, while not an overriding factor, did impact the decision.
“Dan has some great experience,” Goff said. “He has systems in place on both sides of the ball that we felt were solid. He has ties to the community. I don’t know if that was a deciding factor in his hiring, but it’s a bonus. He’s a great fit for where we are as a program right now.”
Starkey succeeds Don McKillip, who was 11-18 in three seasons, including 3-6 in 2013.
Recent season have been a far cry from the not-so-distant past. Lockport won back-to-back Class 8A state championships in 2002 and ’03.
“There’s a lot of talent in the program,” Starkey said. “We’ve got to get to work. I’m going to meet with the coaches and players. I can’t wait to get started.”