Nicki Starry begins her third season at the helm of the Spartan program. Starry has led the Spartans to a two-year mark of 55-29.
In her first year at the helm of the program, the Spartans had a school-record eight players earn All-CAC accolades including Rookie-of-the-Year Hannah Hugel. York also had a trio of players earn NFCA All-Atlantic Region honors. In year two, seven Spartans earned All-CAC accolades including senior Karen Carr and freshman Emma Erbig earning first-team accolades
Starry brings a wealth of experience to the Spartan program as she was an accomplished Division I player at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, prior to coming to YCP, had been guiding a number of successful youth programs in San Diego, California.
A catcher in college, Starry has an in-depth understanding of all aspects of collegiate softball. She earned NFCA All-Mideast Region accolades in 2001 as two of her Badger teams earned trips to the Division I NCAA Tournament. Two of her Wisconsin teams attained top 25 rankings as they compiled 98 wins over the course of Starry’s three-year Badger career. She was a double-major at Wisconsin as she earned degrees in Child and Family Studies and Consumer Communications.
Starry has served as the President and former head coach of San Diego’s Academy Travel Softball Club. The position allowed her extensive coaching experience as well as a high level of administrative responsibilities with the program. As coach, Starry led a number of teams to top five finishes at ASA national tournaments in addition to impressive regional tournament finishes.
Starry also has guided two other successful club programs in the San Diego Rowdies Travel Club and the San Diego Breakers Travel Club. She has also coached in a pair of successful high school programs at Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego, CA) and Sun Praire HS (Sun Prairie, WI).
Starry is very excited about begin the Spartans' head coach.
“I am excited to be a part of the Spartan family. The work that we have put into this program has us poised to become a team that has the ability to play with any team in the nation,” says Starry. “This team is a hard working group of young women that will represent York College in a very positive manner.”
Her expectations for the Spartan team are simple.
“I want us to have a great time every time we are together as a team. We will work very hard each and every day but I also expect us to enjoy the game we all love,” states Starry.