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Doug Starnes joins Indiana University coaching staff

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Via Indiana University) – Indiana University women’s soccer head coach Erwin van Bennekom today announced the addition of Doug Starnes as the team’s director of goalkeeping/assistant coach.

“We’re excited to have Doug join the Indiana Women’s Soccer program,” said van Bennekom. “In hiring a staff, I was looking for specialists and Doug is a specialist in coaching the goalkeeper position. He and his family have deep connections to not only the state of Indiana, but Indiana University as well. We look forward to Doug helping elevate our program to the standards we strive to be at.”

“I am really thankful to Erwin and Indiana University for this unique and exciting opportunity,” said Starnes. “I am humbled and flattered to have been invited to join the women’s soccer staff and I can’t wait to dive in and get to work. All of the pieces are here to build something really special and I’m proud to have a part to play.”

Starnes comes to Indiana after spending the 2018 campaign with IUPUI working with the goalkeepers. Prior to his stint in Indianapolis, Starnes spent four seasons with DePauw, including acting as interim coach during the entire 2017 season.

With the Tigers, Starnes helped guide DePauw to the program’s first-ever North Coast Athletic Conference regular season title in 2015. In addition, DePauw went on to capture just its second NCAC Tournament championship on the way to clinching a spot in the NCAA Tournament and finishing the season with a 12-7-2 mark.

Since June 2018, Starnes has served as the 2001 Girls Head Coach and Girls Club Recruiting Advisor for Hoosier FC, a premier club in Indianapolis. Starnes has also spent time with Indiana Fire Juniors as the Senior Girls Coach and Goalkeeper Coach. From 2014-16, he worked with the Indiana Olympic Development Program as the Goalkeeper Coordinator, managing the goalkeeping staff and training goalkeepers selected by the regional and national pools.

Other soccer experience for Starnes included serving as an opposition scout for Indy Eleven in 2015, where he scouted NASL opponents and prepared match analysis reports.

Prior to his work in soccer, Starnes spent seven years working with the federal government in the Department of Justice.

Starnes graduated from Baylor University in 2002 with a degree in History and was a four-year starter and two-time team captain. In addition, Starnes received his Master’s in Sports Management from Indiana State in 2017, holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma and is working towards his United Soccer Coaches Advanced National Goalkeeper Diploma.

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