Director of Tennis and Head Coach of Women's Tennis
Oklahoma Christian, 2000
Chris Young is entering his sixth 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 four 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 253-148, directing the OSU women and the men's and women's programs at both Wichita State and his alma mater, Oklahoma Christian.
Under Young, the Cowgirls have made three-straight trips to the NCAA tournament and two-consecutive appearances in the Big 12 finals.
During Young's five years at Oklahoma State, he has overseen six Academic All-Big 12 selections, two ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award Recipients, two ITA Rookie of the Year selection and a Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Under his direction in 2014, Oklahoma State saw its first women's tennis All-American since 1991 in Viktoriya Lushkova.
That same year, he led the Pokes to a 15-8 campaign with a 7-2 record against Big 12 opponents. The Cowgirls produced 11 wins over ranked teams, including a huge 4-3 win over No. 14 Oklahoma. Young and his squad received the highest final ranking for the program since 2001, when it was named the No. 21 team in the nation. The Cowgirls went on to the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row, where they advanced to the Round of 32 after a dominating 4-0 win over South Florida.
Several of his players earned individual awards following the season. Lushkova was not only named All-American but also Big 12 Freshman of the Year, ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-Big 12 singles and doubles team. Kanyapat Narattana joined Lushkova on the All-Big 12 doubles and Megan McCray was named to the singles team.
In 2013, Young coached the Cowgirls to a 16-9 overall record. The team notched 11 wins over ranked opponents, including a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Nebraska in San Diego, Calif., in March. Oklahoma State competed as the fifth seed in the Big 12 tournament after recording a 5-4 mark in conference play for the second straight year.
That year, Young's Cowgirls made the program's deepest run into the Big 12 tournament in 10 years with a 4-2 win over fourth-seeded TCU, and an exciting victory over top seed and 19th-ranked Baylor to send Oklahoma State to the conference championship for the first time since 2003; however; the Cowgirls fell, 4-0, to the No. 3 seed Texas in the Big 12 championship the next day.
The Cowgirls earned back-to-back NCAA tournament bids in 2012 and 2013, for the first time since the 1990 and 1991 seasons. In 2013, Young also coached the Cowgirl doubles team of Malika Rose and Narattana to an NCAA doubles tournament appearance.
Oklahoma State finished with an 11-10 record in Young's third season. The Cowgirl program saw its biggest win ever in 2012 when the team defeated No. 6 Texas for the fourth time in history. As a result, the Cowgirls received a No. 5 seeding and a 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.
Under Young's direction, Meghan Blevins was named ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year in 2012.
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.
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.