Aug. 5, 2009
STILLWATER, Okla. - Former Wichita State Director of Tennis Chris Young has been named the head women's tennis coach at Oklahoma State, pending approval by the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
A native of Norman, Okla., Young returns to his home state where he competed as a collegian and began his coaching career.
"I am excited to return to my home state and being closer to so many friends and family that will support OSU," Young said. "I am also looking forward to building the Cowgirl program into a contender for Big 12 championships."
Young held his previous position for five years and led the WSU women's squad to a 94-38 mark and three Missouri Valley Conference titles. A three-time conference coach of the year selection, Young guided the Shockers to Missouri Valley Conference crowns in 2006, 2007 and 2009 to earn the only three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history.
His 2007 squad produced a school-record 27-3 mark and became the first-ever MVC squad to win an NCAA Tournament match after knocking off 25th-ranked South Carolina in the first round. That season, he 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.
Young produced 17 all-conference singles players, nine all-league doubles performers and 16 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes during his tenure in Wichita.
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 OCU men's head coaching position to his list of duties the following year.
Under his direction, Oklahoma Christian had 20 players receive NAIA All-America honors. 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.