Dec. 11, 2009
Rome, Ga. - Shorter College Director of Athletics Bill Peterson announced today the hiring of Nathan Young as the College's first men's lacrosse coach.
Young, a native of Casselberry, Fla., will lead the school's inaugural lacrosse program that is set to begin play in the spring of 2011.
"I would like to thank Mr. Bill Peterson, Matt Green and the entire search committee for their diligence on the search for a coach," Young said. "I am very honored and fortunate to be chosen as the first men's lacrosse coach at Shorter College and I look forward to beginning the process for the foundation of a tradition of excellence."
"We are excited to have an individual of Nathan's caliber as our first men's lacrosse head coach," said Peterson. "Nathan has built a successful, top-notch program in the past and is someone that we believe is one of the best young coaches in the country."
Young comes to Shorter after founding the men's lacrosse program at Tennessee Wesleyan College.
Under Young's guidance, Tennessee Wesleyan qualified for the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference playoffs in consecutive seasons (2008, 2009), complied a 15-14 overall record in its first two years as a program, and produced two All-Americans, 11 All-Conference performers, one Rookie of the Year and one Specialist of the Year.
A 2004 graduate of Pfeiffer University, Young served two seasons as a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator for Franklin Pierce College. He worked as the offensive coordinator in his first season with the Ravens in 2006, during which the team doubled its scoring average, tripled its total number of goals and increased its face-off percentage from the previous season.
Young switched ends of the field as the defensive coordinator in his second campaign with Franklin Pierce before joining the Tennessee Wesleyan program in March of 2007.
Young began his coaching career at his high school alma mater, Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla., where he became the second-winningest coach in school history with a .521 winning percentage. During his tenure at Lyman High, Young started the school's first-ever junior varsity program and had three players continue their playing careers at the NCAA Division II level.
Since 2000, Young has worked various summer lacrosse camps across the country, including the Navy Lacrosse Camp, Jim Fritz Lacrosse Camp, Top 205, Florida Lacrosse Camps, Bill Pilat's Lacrosse Camp and Old North State.
In July of 2008, Young had the opportunity to coach in the Prague Lacrosse Cup and Berlin Lacrosse Cup. Young's teams went undefeated en route to winning both events.
"I am really excited about the challenges of starting a collegiate lacrosse program in the state of Georgia," said Young. "I believe that Georgia is becoming a hotbed for lacrosse in the South and giving student-athletes a chance to play at the next level is quite an amazing opportunity."