New Assistant Coaches To Be Announced Next Week
DES MOINES, Iowa (Oct. 5, 2011) — The Iowa Energy, champions of the 2010-2011 NBA D-League season, have selected Kevin Young as the new head coach. Young, 29, was most recently the head coach of the Utah Flash, where in 2011, he led the team to franchise record nine-game winning streak and its first playoff win on the road.
That play-off win on the road was at Wells Fargo Arena against the Iowa Energy, which was on its way to winning the league championship. It was then that Jerry Crawford, managing partner of the Energy’s ownership group, and Chris Makris, general manager, first took note of Young.
“Hiring a new coach in two weeks has been a whirl-wind process, but our general manager, Chris Makris, made sure we did it by the book to get the best candidates possible,” Crawford said. “We couldn’t be happier with Kevin Young. He’s bright, confidant, experienced in the league and ready to hit the ground running with the Energy.
“Simply put, faced with a choice of hiring the past or hiring the future, we hired the future,” Crawford added.
More than 40 candidates, including multiple former NBA head coaches, submitted resumes and credentials for the head coaching position, and that field was narrowed to a dozen for interviews.
“While we may be a young team in the league, we’ve already built a tradition for winning and attracting fans,” Makris said. “We believe this season will be just as rewarding, fun and exciting as the last one for both fans and players.”
The Iowa Energy, which holds the league record for attendance, hosts its home opener on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. against the Erie Bayhawks.
Before being named head coach for the Flash, Young served as an assistant coach under Brad Jones. While Young is young—two months from his thirtieth birthday—he made his professional head-coaching debut at age 23 in Dublin, Ireland, with the Shamrock Rovers. Returning to the states, he served as assistant coach at Utah Valley University, where he helped lead the team to its second most wins in a season.
Born in Salt Lake City and raised in Texas and Georgia, Young’s own basked basketball career started in Marietta, Georgia, where he played high school ball. He was a stand out at Clayton State University. He is still an all-time leader for field goals, assists and three-point shooting.
Speaking with a discernible southern drawl, Young quickly adds that his wife, Melissa, is from Omaha, Nebraska, giving him a connection to the Midwest.
“We feel very at home in the Midwest, and I can’t wait to get started with the Energy,” Young said. “The team plays in the best arena in the league, and the Energy players and management have shown the rest of the league what it means to build a fan base. I am excited to be here and looking forward to a great season.”
Makris and Young plan to announce the new assistant coaches next week. In the meantime, Energy season tickets are on sale at www.IowaNBA.com, by calling 564-8550.