During the 2016 campaign, Starkey helped lead the Conquistadors to a 7-4 overall record, ranking them 16th in the country. He also mentored First Team All-American Marquis Blair, as well as First Team All-Conference linebacker Gary Johnson and Honorable Mention All-Conference linebacker Ovenson Cledanord.
The Mississippi native first worked with Coach Matsakis at Bethany College in 2013 and 2014. Coach Starkey oversaw player personnel and worked as a linebackers coach. The Swedes defensive unit improved greatly to a point where they ranked 14th in the country in total defense and were notorious for creating turnovers and sacks.
Starkey started his coaching career at Delta State University, serving as a graduate assistant on the defensive side of the ball, working primarily with the linebackers. He graduated from Delta State in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.