Slone Starkey returns to Midstate as Stewart Creek girls basketball coach

During his six years as boys basketball coach at Dallas area Newman International Academy, Slone Starkey preached "DTC."

"That's discipline, toughness and commitment," said Starkey, who was named the girls basketball coach at Stewarts Creek on Thursday. It's been awhile, but Starkey has Midstate ties, having played basketball at Overton as a freshman in the early 2000s before moving to Texas.

Starkey replaces Bianca Hensley, who resigned in May to take the head coaching position at Cleveland High. Her husband, assistant Byron Hensley, joined her on the Cleveland staff.

"I am super excited ... I love it," said Starkey, whose wife, Megan, will be joining him as an assistant at SCHS. "We have a young team, and Coach (Hensley) did a phenomenal job the last couple of years. With most of the starters back, we're in a really good position."

Starkey was the coach at Newman from 2018-23, where he was a two-time state champion.

Slone Starkey, who spent the past 10 seasons coaching in Texas, has been named the head girls basketball coach at Stewarts Creek.
Slone Starkey, who spent the past 10 seasons coaching in Texas, has been named the head girls basketball coach at Stewarts Creek.

His squad won the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship state title in his first season and again in 2021. He was also named TCAF Coach of the Year during those seasons.

The Warriors were state runners-up in 2019 and 2022. His teams reached the playoffs all six seasons.

"I had a lot of success there, and also got to see two state championships in football as athletic director," Starkey said.

Prior to Newman International Academy, Starkey was the boys coach at Pantego Christian Academy in Arlington, Texas.

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Starkey started his high school playing career at Overton High before moving to Texas and playing for University Interscholastic League 6A power James Martin High in Arlington.

The point guard then played at Texas Wesleyan (2006-09), where he helped his team win back-to-back conference titles in 2006-07, reaching the NAIA final 16 both seasons.

Stewarts Creek set a program record for victories in 2022-23, going 29-5 and reaching the Class 4A sectional before falling to eventual state champ Bradley Central. The Lady Red Hawks won the District 8-4A regular-season and tournament title before losing to Blackman in the Region 4-4A title game.

"When you lose coaches of the quality and character of the Hensleys, you have to prioritize the same things in the next hire," Stewarts Creek athletic director Todd Harris said. "In Coach Starkey and his wife, we will have quality basketball coaching along with the character and integrity that allows them to be an example to the Lady Red Hawks players in word and in deed. Coach Starkey is a proven winner with multiple state championships."

This article originally appeared on Murfreesboro Daily News Journal: TSSAA basketball: Stewarts Creek names Slone Starkey girls head coach