Friday, September 16, 2016

Former NKU Assistant Kurt Young Named Head Coach at Mercer County High School

Mercer County High School has hired former Northern Kentucky University assistant Kurt Young to take over the boy's basketball program.

Here are details from Mercer County Schools:

HARRODSBURG— The Mercer County Athletic Department announces the hiring of Kurt Young as the new Titan Boys Basketball coach. Young was officially hired this week. An introduction ceremony is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the Mercer County Senior High School auditorium.

Young comes to Mercer County after leading Hopewell High School to the 3A State Championship Game in the 2015-2016 season with a record of 23-6. A 20-year college coaching veteran, Young has demonstrated success at several levels, including NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NAIA, and NJCAA. Over the course of his career, Young worked in various coaching and/or administrative capacities at Northern Kentucky University, Arkansas Tech University, Hawaii Pacific University, Northwestern University, Georgetown College, among other prestigious programs.

As head coach at Thomas University in 1998-2000, Young was a National Coach of the Year finalist and Region Coach of the Year. He is also the owner/director of Kentucky ELITE, a business designing to develop basketball players in individual, group, and team settings.

The hiring of Young comes at the end of an extensive hiring process, said Mercer County Athletic Director Donald Wayne Smith. The search drew considerable interest from coaches in several states.

"Mercer County Senior High School is one of the premiere basketball programs in the state of Kentucky, and our pool of applicants reflected as much,” said Smith. “We as a hiring committee and myself as an athletic director were blown away by the highly qualified individuals who threw their hats in the ring on such short notice. Ultimately, the committee came to the conclusion that Coach Kurt Young is the right person to take the reins of the Titan Basketball Program.”

Young says he’s truly excited to lead the Titan program.

“Mercer County not only has a rich tradition, but I’m thrilled about its bright future,” said Young. “Everyone you talk to speaks highly of the potential and the future for the Mercer County Titans. I’m excited to be a part of that. The facilities at MCSH are top-notch and nearly unmatched in the state,” said Young. “The people and resources are there to consistently be an elite program in the state”

The new Titan basketball coach could not be happier to return to Kentucky, and is particularly eager to be a part of the Mercer County community.

“Mercer County instantly felt like home,” said Young. “From the moment I met with the hiring committee, I knew this was where I needed to be. I’ve had opportunities and interviews before, but this had an entirely different feel. I’m truly appreciative of the committee and all those whom I’ve encountered so far in Mercer County. They have already gone out of their way to welcome my family and me.”

Smith is thrilled with the leadership and consistency Young will provide the program. “We are thrilled to have a coach of Kurt Young's caliber lead our program. In our conversations, I could not be more confident in allowing him not only to lead our players on the court but also to help our kids transition into successful young men,” said Smith.

“His resume is nearly unparalleled in Kentucky High School Basketball, but the hiring committee was even more so impressed by his strong desire to lay roots in and become a part of the Mercer County community. We are proud Kurt Young is a Titan."

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