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Ryan Jacobs Softball School
Ryan Jacobs Softball School

Coaching Staff


Julie Starbuck
Pitching Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Former University of Northern Iowa standout pitcher Julie Starbuck is in her 10th season as the pitching coach for the Panther softball squad.

Starbuck overaw the efforts of senior Chelsea Ross in 2016. Ross posted a 16-9 record with a 2.81 earned run average and 205 strikeouts, which earned her first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors for the second straight season. Panther pitchers struck out 328 batters, the third time in the Starbuck-era that UNI has struck 300 or more batters in a single season.

In 2015, Starbuck saw Ross strike out 193, while tallying two no-hit performances against Southern Illinois and Loyola on her way to being named first-team All-MVC and MVC Pitcher of the Week three times.

Starbuck has overseen the talents of former standout pitcher Jamie Fisher (2011-14), who owns six career records at UNI. Fisher holds the records for most career wins (79), most complete games (97), most career strikeouts (767), lowest opponent batting average (.214), most appearances (140), most games started (126) and second all-time with 21 shutouts. Fisher was named the 2012 MVC Pitcher of the Year while earning first-team all-MVC honors three times and second-team all-MVC one time.

Starbuck came to the Panther staff after serving as the pitching coach at Wartburg College from 2005-07 and also assisting head coach Ryan Jacobs at Cedar Falls High School from 2004-07.

As an assistant coach at Wartburg, Starbuck helped lead the Knights to a combined 102-23 record and two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championships, including a 2006 IIAC regular season title.

Not only did Starbuck assist with pitching at Wartburg from 2005-2007; she also helped Jacobs with pitching duties at Cedar Falls High School. Starbuck helped lead the Tigers to a 32-10 mark in 2007 and was ranked as high as fifth in Iowa's Class 4A.

A 2000 graduate of Burlington High School, Starbuck began her collegiate softball career at Kirkwood Community College where she earned NJCAA Region XI first team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and also National Coaches Association-Louisville Slugger All-American first team. Starbuck pitching record at Kirkwood was an impressive 41-10 over two seasons, helping Kirkwood to an 84-29 team record.

Following her career at Kirkwood; Starbuck joined the Panther pitching staff and tallied a 12-6 pitching record in her first season. She threw over 100 innings in each of her years as a Panther, and posted 17 complete games, including 12 in her junior season. Starbuck graduated from UNI in 2005 with a degree in mathematics and taught at Cedar Falls High School from 2005-2007.

Starbuck coaching efforts with the Panthers Pitching staff has been an impressive turn around prior to her arrival at UNI. Starbuck improved the pitching staff's season earned run average over an entire run in her first season at UNI bringing the Panthers down from a 4.05 earned run average in 2008, to just a 2.80 in 2009.

She has also found success through the years in her recruiting efforts. As recruiting coordinator, Starbuck has recruited and brought in much of the talent that has led to part of the success the Panthers's program has put together and experienced the past few seasons keeping the Panthers a legitimate contender atop the Missouri Valley Conference year after year.