Tom Young (basketball)

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Tom Young
Tom Young c. 1968.jpg
Photo of Young from the 1968–69 Maryland basketball media guide.
Biographical details
Born (1932-09-17) September 17, 1932 (age 88)
Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1958–1967 Catholic University
1967–1969Maryland (assistant)
1969–1973 American
1973–1985 Rutgers
1985–1991 Old Dominion
2003–2007 Washington Wizards (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall524–328 (.615)
Tournaments6–6 (NCAA D-I)
4–4 (NIT)
0–2 (NCAA College)

Thomas Joseph Young (born September 17, 1932) is an American basketball coach. He coached at American University, Rutgers University, Catholic University and Old Dominion University.


Early life and education

Born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, [1] Young attended the University of Maryland, where he played on the basketball team, graduating in 1958. [2] Young interrupted his college career for a 19-month tour of duty in Germany for the United States Army after the 1952–53 season. [1] In 2003, the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame inducted him into its ranks. [3]

Coaching career

After graduating from Maryland in 1958, Young became head coach at the Catholic University of America. In nine seasons, Young went 134–88 at Catholic. [4] From 1967 to 1969, Young was an assistant coach at his alma mater Maryland. [1]

Young then was head coach at American University from 1969 to 1973 and Rutgers from 1973 to 1985. At Rutgers, Young's 1976 Scarlet Knights had an undefeated regular season record and advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Young also served as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association under Head Coach Eddie Jordan, who was the starting point guard on the 1976 Rutgers team. Under Young's tutelage, Phil Sellers, James Bailey, and Jordan evolved into All-Americans and went on to play in the NBA.

From 1985 to 1991, Young was head coach at Old Dominion. He led Old Dominion to the 1986 NCAA Tournament in his first season, but this would be one of just two postseason tournaments in his six-year tenure. Old Dominion fired Young on March 7, 1991. [5] Two months earlier, Old Dominion suspended Young two games for an incident caught on camera where Young and several Old Dominion players chased a Western Kentucky player towards the locker room after a 77–74 loss to Western Kentucky. [6]

After leaving Old Dominion in 1991, Young became a television analyst for Atlantic 10 Conference broadcasts. [7] On June 25, 2003, Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan added Young to his coaching staff. [8] After four seasons with the Wizards, Young retired from coaching on June 13, 2007. [9]

Head coaching record

Sources: [4] [10] [11] [12]

Statistics overview
Catholic University Cardinals (Mason–Dixon Conference)(1958–1967)
1958–59Catholic University15–610–55th [13]
1959–60Catholic University12–127–6 [14]
1960–61Catholic University16–7
1961–62Catholic University17–7
1962–63Catholic University16–11
1963–64Catholic University16–12 NCAA College Regional Third Place
1964–65Catholic University15–99–2 [15]
1965–66Catholic University14–13
1966–67Catholic University13–117–3 [16]
Catholic University:134–88
American Eagles (Middle Atlantic Conference)(1969–1973)
1969–70American11–122–3T–3rd (Eastern)
1970–71American13–122–45th (Eastern)
1971–72American16–83–33rd (Eastern)
1972–73American21–54–23rd (Eastern)
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (NCAA Division I independent)(1973–1976)
1974–75Rutgers22–7 NCAA D-I First Round
1975–76Rutgers31–2 NCAA D-I Final Four
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (East Coast Basketball League/Eastern Athletic Association/Atlantic 10 Conference)(1976–1985)
1976–77Rutgers18–107–11st (East) NIT First Round
1977–78Rutgers24–77–3T–1st NIT Third Place
1978–79Rutgers22–97–3T–2nd NCAA D-I Second Round
1981–82Rutgers20–109–52nd NIT Second Round
1982–83Rutgers23–811–31st (East) NCAA D-I Second Round
Old Dominion Monarchs (Sun Belt Conference)(1985–1991)
1985–86Old Dominion23–811–31st NCAA D-I Second Round
1986–87Old Dominion6–221–138th
1987–88Old Dominion18–129–53rd NIT First Round
1988–89Old Dominion15–137–75th
1989–90Old Dominion14–147–7T–3rd
1990–91Old Dominion14–185–96th
Old Dominion:90–8740–44

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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  1. 1 2 3 "Tom Young - Assistant coach". Maryland 1968-69 Basketball Guide for Press, Radio, TV. University of Maryland. 1968. p. 8.
  2. "All-Time Roster", Terrapin Basketball 200910 Media Guide, University of Maryland, 2009.
  3. University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame: All-Time Inductees Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine , University of Maryland, retrieved July 9, 2010.
  4. 1 2 Search under coach for Tom Young at NCAA Career Statistics
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  6. Teel, David (January 25, 1991). "Young Could Still Salvage His ODU Career". Daily Press. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  7. McMullen, Paul (January 28, 1993). "For now, Young a helping hand, but not a candidate at Loyola". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  9. Carter, Ivan (June 14, 2007). "Wizards' Assistant Coach Young Retires". Washington Post. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  13. "MSM Closes With 103-89 Win Over St. Vincent's; Enter M-D Tournament", Gettysburg Times, p. 5, February 23, 1959, retrieved January 29, 2017
  15. See opponents marked with an asterisk in the 1964-65 Catholic University NCAA stat sheet

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