Danny Young begins his tenth season as head coach of the University of Montevallo men's basketball program. His record in nine seasons at Montevallo is 206-87 (.703). He has been a head coach at the Division II level for 11 seasons and his teams have advanced to the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” in eight of those seasons. Three of those teams advanced to the “Elite Eight” while one went to the NCAA Championship game. His overall record as a head coach stands at 257-98 (.724). He was recently named the Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Decade for 2000-2010.
Last season, the Falcons advanced to their first NCAA Championship game in school history. UM posted a 29-8 record while winning the Peach Belt Conference West Division Championship, the PBC Tournament Championship, the NCAA Southeast Region Championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship game with wins in the Elite Eight and the Final Four. Coach Young had one senior who was named an All-American by three different organizations while another senior was named the PBC Defensive Player of the Year. He also coached the Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player and had two named All-Region. The trip to the NCAA Tournament marked the seventh in his nine seasons at UM and the Elite Eight was the third trip in seven seasons for coach Young’s squad.
The program is one of the nation’s most consistent postseason participants. In a four year span from 2003-07 the Falcons appeared in two "Elite Eights", four consecutive NCAA Division II South Regional Tournaments, including back-to-back regional championships in 2006 and 2007, as well as three Gulf South Conference championships (2004, 2005 and 2007). UM has now advanced the NCAA Tournament in seven of the nine seasons that coach Young has led the program and has made three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. Last season marked the Falcons first NCAA Southeast Region Championship to go along with its two NCAA South Region Championships.
The sixth head coach in the 45-year history of the program, Young arrived on the Montevallo's campus in the summer of 2003. That season, with only one returning player, Young molded his first Falcons squad into a solid competitive unit, winning 19 more games than the previous year's team, and posting the biggest turn-around in UM basketball history, tying a school best 23 wins. The team also went on to win their first-ever Gulf South Conference championship, and to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
He was named Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons (2005-06-07) and was named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2007. He also had the opportunity to coach in the inaugural Collegiate Basketball Invitational, spotlighting the top small college men's basketball players in the country (NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA) in the spring of 2007. He was named the Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Decade for 2000-2010.
Prior to UM, Young was Athletic Director and head men's basketball coach at Salem International University in Salem, West Virginia. He was associated with the Top-20 ranked SIU program for seven years, and posted a 51-11 (.823) record in two seasons as head coach. His first collegiate victory came while still an assistant coach, as he led SIU to victory over West Liberty State University in a game that the head coach was suspended. He guided the Tigers to a No. 18 NCAA Division II final national ranking in 2003, but SIU made it as high as No. 4 earlier in the season and appeared in the Top Ten both of his seasons as head coach. Young's team also won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and went to the NCAA East Regional, finishing with a 25-6 record overall in 2002-03. He also had a 138-21 (.867) record in five seasons as an assistant coach with the Tigers from 1996-2001, which included three WVIAC championships, two NCAA Division II East Region Championships, one NCAA "Sweet 16" appearance and one NCAA Division II "Final Four" appearance.
Prior to SIU, Young served as an assistant at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1994-96, and spent a season as an assistant at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Young's first coaching job came when he returned to his alma mater, Grand Canyon University, for three seasons as an assistant after playing two years professionally. While there, he helped the Antelopes to a 62-28 (.689) record including two appearances in the NCAA Division II West Regional.
In his coaching tenure, Young has coached ten All-Americans and six Conference Player of the Year selections. Former UM standout Marcus Kennedy became the first player in Gulf South Conference history to be named Division Player of the Year twice in a four-year career under Young. In his career, Young has guided teams to an NCAA Division II Regional Tournament nine times as a head coach.
A native of Duncan, Arizona, and standout athlete in high school, Young earned Honorable Mention All-American honors and was also nominated to the McDonald's All-American Basketball Team. In college, Young was coached by former NBA player, Paul Westphal. He later earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Grand Canyon University in 1990.
Young and his wife Sabrina reside in Pelham with their children Caleb, Sophia and Cole.