Former Arundel boys coach tapped to start Crofton’s program

Former Arundel High boys basketball coach Jeff Starr will lead Crofton, which opens its door next school year. Starr won three Anne Arundel County titles at Arundel before stepping down in 2016 to become an administrator in the Anne Arundel school system.

by Derek Toney

When Jeff Starr decided to stop coaching basketball at his alma mater, he figured it was going to take an unique situation for him to return to the sidelines.

Starr will be back in the coming season to start the new Crofton High boys program. The Anne Arundel County school will open its doors next school year.

“Crofton is my home town, it’s where I grew up,” said Starr. “You don’t get many opportunities to start a program from scratch. It was a no-brainer for me.”

From 2008 to 2016, Starr guided Arundel, where he played and graduated in 1995. The Wildcats went 160-57 and claimed three Anne Arundel County championships.

Starr, who played collegiately at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), decided to move into administration and stepped down as the winningest coach in Arundel boys basketball history. He spent three years in different administrative roles in the Anne Arundel school system.

When the county finalized plans to build Crofton High a couple of years ago, Starr wanted to coach there.

He received blessing from his wife Kristi and three sons.

“I’ve had several basketball camps in the Crofton-Arundel for the past 12 years. I know the area,” said Starr, who spent this past season as a volunteer assistant at Broadneck.

“I am extremely excited to have Coach Starr join the staff at Crofton High School,” Crofton athletic director Jeff Martin said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game and the community will assist him in developing a strong program.”

Crofton has also announced the hiring of Todd Sommerville for football, Jason Mason for girls basketball, Jason West for wrestling, Tom Keating for baseball, Pat Carey for boys soccer, Travis Bonfigli for girls soccer, Amy Skrickus for field hockey and Collin Snyder for golf.

Many of the Cardinal programs will be junior varsity for the 2020-21 school year, then become varsity in 2021-22.

Starr, who lives Arnold, drove past the high school on the way to visit his parents in Crofton a couple of days ago.

“I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls, messages and e-mails from old friends, people I went to elementary and middle school with,” said Starr, who will teach in the Technology and Engineering Department at Crofton. “I’m going to lay the foundation. It’s going to be fun and challenging.”