It has been two weeks since Virginia unceremoniously parted ways with Dom Starsia – a situation that began with Starsia not returning, then metamorphosed into the university offering him a contract extension, and finally culminating in what The Daily Press' David Teel called "a divorce announcement" on May 23.
Starsia, the winningest coach in Division I history and architect of four NCAA championships in 24 years with the Cavaliers, said he had not been in contact with anyone regarding the vacancy at UMBC created when Don Zimmerman retired on May 2. But Starsia, 64, acknowledged that he remains open about staying involved in lacrosse as a coach, consultant or even analyst.
"I'm interested in what Tuesday brings," he said Monday afternoon. "At the same time, I don't have a lot of hobbies. I'm a lacrosse coach. That's what I do. That sort of defines me. I'm not ready to be sitting on a porch for too long. I think hopefully, there's another great adventure out there somewhere, and I'm not in a rush. But at the same time, I look forward to seeing what the next great adventure will be."
Starsia mentioned that he recently entertained a job opportunity in Utah, which he discussed with his wife Krissy.
"My wife said to me, 'Hey, we're not moving to Utah.' I said, 'Twenty-five years ago, you said we weren't moving to Charlottesville,'" he said, referring to his decision to leave Brown University for Virginia after the 1992 season. "So we've sort of crossed that bridge once before."
But leaving Charlottesville, Va., would not be easy. Starsia and his wife have twin daughters, Maggie and Emma, who have minor mental disabilities and are living in a group home nearby. And Starsia's roots in the community are deep, which makes the notion of moving to another location almost unthinkable.
"If I could describe the perfect situation for me, I don't even know what that would be because moving away from here is so difficult to imagine," he said. "… Our situation is different now with the girls settled in this place where they live. So it would be hard to imagine moving them and it would be hard to imagine moving away from them. But at the same time, I feel good, and I think I still have the energy and the enthusiasm for coaching, and if there was a way we could try to put it together, we would probably think about it some. I just don't even know what that would be at the present moment."