Stetson School Soccer hires Brian Younger to educate from Savannah, Georgia Southern
Brian Young has traveled widely throughout the football landscape as a player and coach from his native Savannah, but there’s one place outside of Hostess City that feels most at home.
Young had served eight seasons as an assistant coach at Stetson University in DeLand near Daytona Beach, Fla. Before spending the 2020 season as an assistant coach at his alma mater Georgia Southern.
When the Stetson Hatters program suddenly had a head coaching position in May, Young was an obvious candidate.
On Monday, the hatters announced that Young was the right choice, and on Tuesday – his 49th birthday – Young said at his video press conference that he had “come back home.” It was, he said, a dream 49 years in the making.
“That dream came true today. I’m now the head coach at Stetson University, ”said Young.
The Hatters are a Football Championship subdivision program in the Pioneer Football League that does not offer athletic scholarships. Stetson had played soccer from 1901-56, then resumed the sport in 2011 and played his first real games in 2013.
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Former Princeton head coach Roger Hughes spearheaded the revival, with Young as defensive coach and later as coordinator. On May 7, it was announced that Hughes was stepping down to become president of his alma mater, Doane University, in his native Nebraska.
“It’s not every day that a coach comes up to you and says he’s going to be university president at his alma mater,” said Alicia Queally, Stetson’s assistant athletics director, on Tuesday. “The change of coach is tough and the change of coach in May will be even more difficult.”
Queally headed the search committee, which examined more than 150 candidates, she said.
“The coaching position has drawn national attention from all NCAA Divisions, I, II, and III, as well as some NFL coaches,” said Queally, paying tribute to the hatters coaches and players over the years since the 2012 scrimmages for the Building the Reputation of the Born Again Program.
The job went to a candidate they knew very well and well deserved, Queally said.
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“I’m very excited to have Brian Young come back to campus,” Queally said in a press release on Monday. “He’s the right coach at the right time to lead our football program. During the search it became apparent how much Brian has been and will be admired by the current team, former student athletes and members of the Stetson community as someone who could lead our program with passion and determination. Brian has a proven ability to recruit student athletes who will thrive in Stetson’s challenging academic environment while becoming leaders on the football field and in the community. “
Young is known for his aggressive defense, and so is the offensive. “We’ll have an offensive style. We’ll be an uncompromising scoring machine, ”he said, adding that the special teams“ will attack to give us that winning edge ”.
He follows Hughes as the tenth football coach, but he’s not about comparisons.
“I and manager Hughes are different people,” said Young. “You won’t get a better Roger Hughes; You will just get the best Brian Young. “
The Hatters were 8-2 in 2018 and 7-4 in their last full season in 2019. The 2020 campaign was postponed to March because of the COVID-19 pandemic and they played a shortened slate and went 0-4 with two other games canceled.
A football life
Young’s coaching experience spans decades after a brief professional career as a defensive back for indoor football league teams and in NFL camps. He has trained at high school, college and professional levels, with stints in the arena and af2 leagues, Cornell, Mississippi College, Louisiana College and last season as a senior defensive analyst for the Eagles in Statesboro.
“Congratulations to Coach Brian Young on being named head coach of Stetson University,” Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford said on Twitter. “Brian did a great job here at Georgia Southern, first as a gamer and last year as an analyst. This is well deserved and the whole Eagle Nation is very happy for this GS Man. He’ll do a great job at Stetson. “
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Young said he will bring player and coach experience to Statesboro, where the Eagles have “built a winning culture, one that comes from a winning environment on and off the field and has a team that the community can buy.” in.”
The soccer team and the Statesboro community are so close, they’re closely interwoven.
“Anyone who has ever been to Statesboro, Georgia knows that without Georgia Southern, there is no Statesboro,” said Young. “This community support that I have experienced at Georgia Southern is something that we will strive for here at DeLand. Commitment to the community, being part of a team and understanding that everyone involved contributes to the success of this program. “
Before he went to college, Young was a pretty good three-sport athlete at Groves High, he said.
“(I) learned something from each of them,” he said, “and that was hard work, resilience and determination.”
Nathan Dominitz is the sports content editor for Savannah Morning News and savannahnow.com. Send him an email at [email protected] Twitter: @NathanDominitz