Coming to UNCG after spending four years as a Volunteer Assistant at Clemson, Starbuck joined the Spartan baseball staff in September of 2019, returning to his home state to work under first-year Head Coach Billy Godwin.
The Tigers collected two ACC Championships with Starbuck on staff, in addition to making four NCAA Regional appearances and producing 12 All-American honors. The Kernersville native coached first round MLB draft picks Logan Davidson and Seth Beer while helping the Tigers collect 40-plus wins in three of his four campaigns with the side.
Before making the move to Clemson, Starbuck spent 17 years at nearby Elon, standing as the Phoenix' Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for 12 of those seasons. Under Starbuck, Elon reached NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history in 2002, going on to make the tournament four more times in the next eight years. The club produced five SoCon championships with Starbuck, including a sweep of the conference's regular season and tournament titles in 2008. Players at Elon have benefited from the UNC Asheville grad's coaching, with the Phoenix earning a pair of SoCon Freshman of the Year honors, two SoCon Pitcher of the Year accolades and a SoCon Player of the Year selection with Starbuck on staff.
Prior to coaching at Elon, Starbuck was the head coach at Carver (N.C.) High School from 1991-98. He also served as the head coach for the Kernersville (N.C.) Legion team from 1988-97, where his team won a pair of American Legion State Champion titles.
Starbuck received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Winston-Salem State in 1991. Born June 11, 1964 in Winston-Salem, N.C., Starbuck and his wife, April, have three sons, Mac, Banks and Jackson, and a daughter, Brettlyn.