Maple Grove hockey coach resigns following drunk boating charges


The Maple Grove varsity boys hockey coach has resigned.

Thomas Starkey, 34, announced his resignation from the position Tuesday. He has been charged with boating while intoxicated after a September arrest that on Cross Lake in Crow Wing County.

According to the Star Tribune, Osseo Area Schools spokeswoman, Barbra Olson, confirmed the district was aware of the arrest.

Olson told the newspaper reasons for resignations are considered private.

The criminal complaint notes that a Crow Wing County Sheriff's Deputy was patrolling and noticed a boat with several children on the transom pulling a wakeboarder. Here is what KSTP reports about the arrest.

"[Deputy] Schad asked Starkey to remove his sunglasses, and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and watery, the complaint stated. Schad said he observed Starkey's balance to be unsteady and asked him how many drinks he had consumed. Starkey told Schad 'four or so,' with one being in the cupholder, according to the complaint."

Starkey took over the Maple Grove program after the 2012-2013 season. A Maple Grove alum, Starkey took over for his former coach, Gary Stefano, who didn't have his contract renewed after 13 players were suspended following "an off-ice incident."

During his two season's at Maple Grove the team's record was 27-20-3. Before becoming the head coach of the Crimson Starkey was an assistant boys hockey coach at Wayzata.

The school will hire an interim coach for the 2015-16 season and will seek to hire a permanent head coach.

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