(updated July 2014)
Georgia Southern, 1994
Charlton “C.Y.” Young, the head coach at Georgia Southern from 2010-13, is in his second season as an assistant coach at Florida State under Leonard Hamilton. During his first season at Florida State, he helped coach the Seminoles to the semifinals of the NIT, coached three All-ACC selections and continued to help Florida State cement itself as the third winningest program in the ACC in the last nine seasons. The Seminoles finished with a 22-14 record, advanced to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament and made the school’s second appearance in school history in the semifinals of the prestigious NIT during the 2014 season.
As a coach and a player at the highest levels of college basketball during his career, Young has developed a shining reputation as one of the standout people in the coaching profession. He has crafted his reputation through hard work, a stellar eye for talent and the incredible ability to help each player he coaches become the best they can be at everything they want to accomplish – both on and off of the basketball court. As a player, he was an all-conference performer who played professionally. As a coach, he has made it his mission to help the players he coaches achieve the same lofty goals.
Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Young spent four seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern. Georgia Southern won 15 games during the 2012 season – more wins than it had earned in any of the five previous seasons and won 29 games in his final two seasons. He led the Eagles to success in the Southern Conference as they won 12 conference games during the 2011-12 season to tie the school record for SC wins in a single season. Young coached five players who earned All-Southern Conference honors including two (Willie Powers in 2010 and Eric Ferguson in 2012) who earned all-conference first team honors.
A 1994 Graduate of Georgia Southern, Young led the Eagles to the 1992 Trans America Athletic Conference Championship – only the third conference championship in school history. The Eagles made the third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1992 playing Oklahoma State at the Omni in Atlanta, Ga.
HEAD COACHING EXPERIENCE
Young was the head coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 2010-13 where he led the Eagles to the same success as their head coach as he did as a star player at the school from 1990-93. The Eagles were collectively and individually successful during his four seasons as the head coach at the Statesboro, Ga., school. He led the Eagles to a second place finish in the Southern Conference standings in 2012 as the team earned the second-best turnaround in league history. For his efforts he was honored as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by multiple publications and was a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award which is presented annually to the top Division I minority head coach. Young coached four All Southern Conference selections including Willie Powers (all-conference third team in 2010) and Eric Ferguson (all-conference first team in 2013, all-conference first-team and All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 2012 and to the All-Freshman team in 2011). The selections of Powers and Ferguson to the all-conference team in 2013 mark the first time since 2007 that multiple Georgia Southern players had earned all-conference accolades in the same season. In 2013, he led the Eagles to a victory over Virginia Tech for the first win in program history over a team from the ACC.
CONSISTENTLY RECOGNIZED AS A RESPECTED RECRUITER
Young has been recognized throughout his career as one of the nation’s best evaluators of talent. He was named one of the nation’s top recruiters by InsiderHoops.com in 2002 and recognized again for his ability to evaluate and recruit talent as one of the nation’s top 25 assistant coaches by Rivals.com in 2007.
ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP RECRUITERS
Young has known recruiting success throughout his career as a coach on the Division I level. His 2010 recruiting class (his first full class at Georgia Southern) was ranked as the sixth best nationally and the best in the Southern Conference among mid-majors by ESPN.com. His first recruiting class at Auburn (2001) was ranked as the nation’s third best by ESPN.com; his first class at Georgia Tech (2006) was ranked as the nation’s seventh best by Dave Telep of Scout.com and his only recruiting class at Northeastern (2000) is still considered to be the best in school history.
While an assistant at Georgia Tech, Young recruited and signed Derrick Favors – the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Favors was the No. 3 overall selection by the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Utah Jazz. In his only season at Georgia Tech, Favors was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team as he averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and shot .611 percent from the field. Young also helped recruit Thaddeous Young (the 12th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers) and Javaris Crittenton (the 19th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers) to Georgia Tech while he was an assistant with the Yellow Jackets.
FLORIDA STATE CONNECTION
Young was an assistant coach at Jacksonville (1997-99) under Head Coach Hugh Durham, the all-time winningest coach in Florida State basketball history. With Young on the staff, the Dolphins improved their overall and conference win totals in both years he worked with the legendary Florida State Hall of Fame member who took the Seminoles to the championship game of the 1972 NCAA Tournament against basketball legend John Wooden and UCLA.
Young is a native of Miami, Fla., where he began to make a name for himself at Carol City High School. He led the Chiefs to a state championship as a junior and earned a nomination for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team as a senior. Young was part of the Carol City teams that earned a 66-7 record (.904 winning percentage) during his junior and senior seasons.
ASSISTANT COACH AT GEORGIA TECH
In four years as an assistant coach under Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech (2006-09) he helped coach the Yellow Jackets into the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and to seven victories over ranked teams in his four seasons with the Yellow Jackets. Included in the Jackets victories over ranked teams were wins over No. 4 ranked Wake Forest on January 31, 2009, No. 8 North Carolina on March 1, 2007 and No. 11 Duke on January 10, 2007. During his four seasons at Georgia Tech, he helped develop the careers of eight players who have or who are playing in the NBA including first round draft choices Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors, Iman Shumpert and second round picks Gani Lawal and Glen Rice, Jr.
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH AT TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
Young was named the Associate Head Coach at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where he earned success as a coach on the collegiate level. The Mocs won the North Division championship of the Southern Conference, won the Southern Conference Championship and played in the schools’ first NCAA Tournament since 1997 in his only season at Chattanooga in 2005.
HELPED BUILD A WINNER AT AUBURN
Young helped build Auburn into one of the top programs in the SEC during two different and very successful stretches with the Tigers (1994-97 and 2000-04). During his time at Auburn, he helped recruit Chris Porter and Marquis Daniels to the Plains. Porter was a second round pick of the Golden State Warriors in 2000 while Daniels was signed as free agent by the Dallas Mavericks in 2003. Porter led Auburn to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2000 while Daniels led the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2003.
YOUNG AT NORTHEASTERN
Young was an assistant coach at Northeastern for one season (2000) where he worked with Marcus Blossom, one of the top 10 scores in school history. Blossom earned all-conference honors in the America East during Young’s only season with the Huskies.
RECORD HOLDER AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN
One of the greatest players in Georgia Southern history, Young is one of only 11 payers in school history to score more than 1,500 career points (11th, 1,517 career points) and still has his named etched prominently in the Georgia Southern record book. One of the greatest shooters in school history, Young is still the school’s career leader in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.409 percent), is ranked third in school history in career free throw shooting percentage (.781 percent) and shot nearly .460 from the field during his four-year varsity letter winning career. More than 20 years after his playing career ended in 1993, Young is still ranked in the top 10 in school history for career assists (second, 530), career 3-point field goals made (third, 241), career 3-point field goals attempted (fourth, 589), career steals (sixth, 162), career field goals made (tied for eighth, 533) and career field goals attempted (eighth, 1,166). He led the Eagles with a career high 17.1 points per game scoring average as a senior in 1993, led the team in 3-point field goals made three times (1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the team in assist each of his four seasons as the Eagles’ starting point guard. Young was Georgia Southern’s leader in points scored (479), points per game (17.1 ppg), 3-point field goals made (93), 3-point field goals attempted (225), 3-point field goal percentage (.413), free throw percentage (.754), steals (52) and assists (143) during his senior season (1992-93).
HONORS AS A PLAYER
Young was a three-time all-conference selection at the point guard position in two different leagues during his four years on the varsity at Georgia Southern (1990-93). He earned all-conference second team honors in the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1991 and 1992 and all-conference first team honors in the Southern Conference during his senior season in 1993. Young was named the Most Valuable Player of the TAAC Tournament in 1992 as he led the Eagles to one of three conference championships in school history. The Eagles’ victory over Georgia State in the 1992 TAAC Tournament propelled Georgia Southern into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for only the third time in school history. Young was recognized as a Basketball Legend by the Southern Conference during the Southern Conference Tournament in 1995.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Young is one of nine players in school history who has been inducted into the Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern. He was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Young played professionally in France in 1994 before returning to Georgia Southern to earn his degree in broadcasting.
PERSONALYoung, 42, and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: daughters Ariel and Audia and sons Isaiah and Nehemiah. Carolyn is a two-time Kodak All-American selection who led Auburn to a pair of Final Four appearances during her career. At Auburn she was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1991 and played for the Portland Fire of the WNBA. She was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic National Team that won the Bronze Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
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