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Former Patriot to lead APSU program

on Monday, 29 March 2021. Posted in Good life, News, Local News, Sports

Former Patriot to lead APSU program
Former Francis Marion University women’s basketabll standout Brittany Young, right, speaks with Austin Peay State University men’s basketball coach Matt Figger. Last week Young was named head of the Governor’s women’s basketball program.

Brittany Young scored 1,200 points playing for Francis Marion from 2004 to 2008. 

Former Francis Marion University guard and 2008 graduate Brittany Young has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Austin Peay State University. 

A native of Moncks Corner and a product of Berkeley High School, Young played for FMU between 2004 and 2008. She appeared in 115 career contests and registered 1,200 points, 531 assists, 411 rebounds, and 214 steals. She was a 30.2 percent shooter from behind the three-point arc during her career. She is one of only two players in program history to amass 1,000 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds, and 200 steals. 

As a senior, she garnered All-Peach Belt Conference honors while helping lead Francis Marion to a 21-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament. She was also an ESPN The Magazine (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 3 (College Division) selection. At FMU, she played one season for head coach Heather Macy and three for Valecia Tedder. 

Young twice earned team MVP honors and was later selected to the school’s All-Decade Team for 2000-2010. 

Young was officially introduced as the 11th head women’s basketball coach in APSU program history during a press conference in the Winfield Dunn Center. 

“During our search one name kept coming up and it was Brittany Young,” said Austin Peay director of athletics Gerald Harrison. “Known as a tireless worker with a competitive spirit, Brittany quickly made a name for herself as one the best recruiters in all women’s college basketball. She is a relationship builder; her student athletes and coaching peers speak to her ability to connect anyone. She also is committed to developing the total student-athlete and, like me, believes in the ‘Total Gov’ concept. I’m extremely excited to welcome Brittany Young to the Austin Peay Athletics family.” 

Young takes over the Austin Peay women’s basketball program after a season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State. 

“I am truly honored and grateful to join the Austin Peay family and to become a part of the Clarksville community,” said Young. “There is great leadership at Austin Peay State University, and I would like to thank Director of Athletics Gerald Harrison and President Michael Licari for believing in me and my vision for this program. I look forward to connecting with our student athletes as we strive to achieve excellence. Let’s Go Peay!” 

When Mississippi State head coach Nikki McCray-Penson moved to Starkville after three seasons at Old Dominion, Young joined her. The pair led a successful three-season turn at Old Dominion where they helped the program reach its first postseason appearance since 2015 amidst back-to-back 20-win campaigns. 

“Brittany was a student-athlete at the Division II level and has coaching experience at the junior college, mid-major and Power 5 levels, giving her a wealth of experience to draw from—she’ll be prepared for anything the game can throw at her,” said Harrison. “In addition, her mentors include some of the best in women’s athletics – Women’s Basketball Hall of Famers like Dawn Staley, Nikki McCray, and Pearl Moore,” said Harrison. Like them, I am confident that she will do an outstanding job moving our program to the next level.” 

Before joining McCray-Penson the past four seasons, Young spent two seasons as assistant coach at Stetson. Young’s first full-time coaching position was at Daytona State College (2013-15). She was the program’s recruiting coordinator, director of player development, director of operations, academic coordinator, and strength and conditioning liaison. 

Following her playing career, Young was a graduate assistant for two seasons (2011-13) at South Carolina under Dawn Staley. She obtained her master’s degree in Sport and Entertainment Management from South Carolina in 2013.

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