Lenny Starck returns as Chippewa Hills head coach

Lenny Starck

REMUS — A very familiar face is back at Chippewa Hills coaching the boys basketball team.

Lenny Starck has more than 25 years of coaching experience including around 10 at the varsity boys prep level.

He was appointed to replace Eric McArthur, who resigned after two years in the spot. Starck had served as an advance scout on the Ferris State staff, under Andy Bronkema.

This marks the second week of practice for Chippewa Hills boys. The season tips off on Nov. 27 at Baldwin.

He’s a 1984 graduate of Chippewa Hills High School where his team went 23-1, Starck played collegiately at Michigan Tech in 1984-85. He was a junior varsity girls and boys basketball coach at Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central from 1991-94 before returning to Chippewa Hills as a teacher in 1995.

Starck still teaches at Chippewa Hills and was the varsity boys basketball coach for the Warriors from 1995-2004 and also coached girls basketball at Chippewa Hills in 1997 along with 2006, 2007 and 2013-16. Starck has also been a varsity boys and girls golf coach while also serving as an assistant track coach at the prep level.

“I offered to help coach this year in October since we still did not have a coach,” Starck said. “I expect to have a very young team.  There will be a large learning curve to get them ready for varsity basketball.  We probably will struggle quite a bit early on.”

From 2009-12, Starck was a coach for the varsity girls basketball squad as an assistant at Morley Stanwood High School where the Mohawks posted a 99-4 record and took four district, three regional and one state championship with a perfect 28-0 record.

Among Starck’s many career highlights is having an opportunity to coach both of his daughters to state championships: Elyse as a basketball player in 2012 at Morley Stanwood along with daughter Emily in 2014 as a track and field athlete at Chippewa Hills.

“We have two very solid seniors that will need to lead our team,” Starck said. “We will have to spend a great deal of time on fundamentals. We are going to have to learn how hard you have to compete to be successful at the varsity level. I think we have some real solid young players that we will need to continue to develop.

“I am looking forward to being on the sidelines at Chippewa Hills again.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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