Grant Young leaves Purdy, heads back home

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Moving on up Democrat Photo/Jared Lankford Purdy Athletic Director and girls' basketball coach Grant Young resigned Tuesday morning and accepted the girls' head coaching job at his high school alma mater in Union. Young compiled a 73-17 record in three seasons at the helm of the Lady Eagles.

Purdy Athletic Director and girls basketball coach Grant Young resigned Tuesday morning in order to take the girls' head coaching position at Union High School.

"It was an extremely hard decision for my family and I," said Young. "Purdy has been such a wonderful community, and we have had so much success on the court. The teams I've coached and the people I've come to call friends will always hold a special place in my heart."

Young, a 1996 graduate of Union High School, is excited about the challenge of returning home.

"I still have a lot of family in the area, and my parents still live in Union," said Young. "This will give them a chance to see me more often. I am excited and ready to help bring my successful track record to my hometown."

While at Purdy, Young experienced tremendous success with his team. The Lady Eagles compiled a 73-17 overall record, claimed three conference titles, two district titles and a Class 2 state championship in Young's three-year tenure.

In 2011, Young was named the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 2 Coach of the Year. He was also named the Ozark 7 Conference Coach of the Year twice.

Young started his head coaching experience at Wheatland High School in 2002, where he coached both the boy's and girl's programs. His girls' teams compiled a 52-30 record while winning the programs first-ever district title.

On the boys' side, his teams won two conference titles, two district titles and a Class 1 fourth place finish at state. His team also won the Missouri State High School Activities Association Sportsmanship Award at the final four. The boys' overall record with Coach Young was 76-64.

From Wheatland, Grant moved to Neosho High School. In his time at Neosho, he guided the Lady Wildcats to their first-ever district title and compiled a 38-17 record in two seasons. Grant was named the MBCA District Coach of the Year for that accomplishment.

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