Chris Young is entering his fourth season as the head coach of the Oklahoma State women's tennis program. After spending five years as the Wichita State Director of Tennis, Young returned three seasons ago to his home state where he competed as a collegian and began his coaching career.
A native of Norman, Okla., Young has compiled a career record of 222-131, directing the OSU women and the men's and women's programs at both Wichita State and his alma mater, Oklahoma Christian.
In his third year, Young coached the 2012 Cowgirls to an 11-10 season and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003. His squad finished the season with a No. 41 ranking along with OSU's No. 1 doubles team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana receiving a No. 37 national ranking.
The Cowgirl program saw its biggest win ever when the team defeated No. 6 Texas for the fourth time in history. As a result, the Cowgirls received a No. 5 seeding and spot in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championships as well as a bid to the Tuscaloosa Regional in the NCAA Tournament. OSU fell in its first match of each tournament.
The Cowgirls' 2012 conference record of 5-4 is the best since Young took over the program.
Under Young's direction, two Cowgirls received recognition in 2012. C.C. Sardinha was named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 tennis team, and Meghan Blevins was named 2012 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.
The 2011 Cowgirls finished the season with an 8-16 record; however, the team made it to the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship for the second straight year, edging out Missouri before eventually losing to top-seeded Baylor
Young oversaw four Academic All-Big 12 selections in 2011, as well as the ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award recipient, Sarah Meghoufel. He also helped the doubles tandem of Narattana and Nataliya Shatkovskaya reach No. 80 in the final rankings of the season.
In his first year as OSU, Young led the Cowgirls to a 13-10 finish, their best in three years, and picked up his milestone 200th career coaching win.
Young's coaching prowess was evident as his 2010 Cowgirls reached the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship and received several individual accolades. His athletes earned a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year award, a No. 4 singles Big 12 co-championship and a doubles spot on the all-conference team.
He also earned his second USTA/ITA Campus and Community Outreach Award in 2010, as he was honored for his work in promoting tennis to the community.
During his time in Wichita, Young led the women's squad to a 94-38 mark, including a 33-6 ledger in Missouri Valley Conference play. A three-time conference coach of the year selection, Young guided the Shockers to league crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009. Those seasons also resulted in the first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
Young took a program that had never held a national ranking or defeated a ranked opponent and transformed the Shockers into a squad that was ranked for 43-straight weeks and defeated more than 20 ranked opponents under his direction.
The 2008-09 campaign saw Young's squad post a 21-6 mark and capture its third league title in four seasons. Individually, his players won 65 of their 68 individual matches in MVC action.
The fruits of his off-court work began to show as well as the Shockers finished the year ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance.
The Shockers narrowly missed their third-straight conference title in 2008, finishing the year with a 16-8 mark and a runner-up finish at the MVC Tournament.
Young's third season at WSU proved to be one for the history books as his charges produced a school-record 27-3 mark and became the first MVC squad to win an NCAA Tournament match. The Shockers knocked off 25th-ranked South Carolina in the first round to secure the school's first NCAA victory. Additionally, the Shockers climbed to No. 16 in the national rankings, making them the highest ranked team in the history of the MVC.
Five Shockers earned all-conference honors, including Madina Rakhim, who finished the year with a 29-2 mark at the No. 1 singles position. The Shockers were dominant up and down their lineup, finishing with a 66-1 record in their individual conference matches.
For his efforts, Young was named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year. The 2007 campaign also saw him earn the USTA/ITA National Award for Community Service.
The 2004-05 campaign, WSU's first under Young, resulted in immediate progress. The Shockers finished with a 13-13 mark, giving them their highest win total in seven years and providing an indicator of the program's bright future.
Young produced 17 all-conference singles players, nine all-league doubles performers. His squads also emphasized their work in the classroom with 16 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes dotting his rosters.
From 2005-08, Young also steered the Shocker men's program and tallied a 58-38 record. His 2008 squad recorded 19 wins and achieved the program's highest ranking in 10 years. Individually, he coached nine all-conference singles players, two all-league doubles teams and produced two MVC Scholar-Athlete selections.
Prior to taking over the Shocker program, Young worked as the assistant men's and women's coach at Oklahoma Christian University, including a stint as the interim head coach for both programs in 2002.
He took charge of the women's program in 2003 before adding the OC men's head coaching position to his list of duties the following year. The 2003 season also resulted in a national championship on the men's side.
During his time at Oklahoma Christian, the Eagles had 20 players receive NAIA All-America honors, including eight with Young as head coach.
The 2004 season saw Young garner both the men's and women's conference coach of the year honors in addition to his recognition as the NAIA Region VI Women's Coach of the Year.
Young's coaching career got underway in 1999 in Ardmore, Okla., where he served as a teaching pro and assistant coach at Ardmore High School.
As a player, Young earned three letters from Oklahoma Christian and helped the Eagles to top-five national finishes in each of his three seasons.
A 2000 graduate of Oklahoma Christian, Young and his wife, Sarah, have two children, Braden and Kelsy.