Ryan Young was named the new Somerset High School boys basketball coach on Monday.
After taking a season off from coaching, Young had coached at Garrard County High School for four seasons from 2016 to 2020. In his four season at Garrard County, Young had an overall record of 44-76 and reached the 45th District semifinals all four seasons.
"I had targeted the Somerset coaching job for awhile," Young stated. "When it came available before I didn't pursue it as hard as I should because I had just completed my first season at Garrard County, and I felt we had things going in the right direction in that program."
Prior to head coaching at Garrard County, Young served as an assistant coach for the Golden Lions for two seasons and was an assistant coach at Boyle County High School for a season.
As a high school player, Young helped lead the Lincoln County High School basketball teams to back-to-back regional titles in 2007 and 2008. Young played his collegiate basketball at Lindsey Wilson College and Union College. Young was a standout point guard throughout his playing career.
As a player and coach, Young has always had respect for the tradition and the brand of Somerset High School basketball.
"I always loved playing and coaching in the Briar Patch," Young stated. "It was unique and great high school atmosphere in the Briar Patch."
"Growing up in the southern Lincoln County area, I have a lot of family and friends who have always raved about Somerset High School's storied tradition and family feel. So when the position came open again, I jumped at the opportunity."
Young stated his brand of basketball will start with hard-nosed defense, run-and-gun offense, and basic fundamentals.
"I think a strong defense is the backbone of any great team," Young explained. "I have learned strong defense from several coaches throughout my career. On offense, I want us to get the ball up and down the floor, shoot three's, and play an exciting brand of basketball."
"Rebounding and taking care of the ball goes a long way in the game of basketball," Young stated. "In post-season tournament play, the scores shrink and the fundamental aspects of the game become more important."
Young will travel to Danville High School tonight and cheer on the Briar Jumpers' baseball team in the 12th Region Tournament championship game. Young will conduct his first practice – and meet most of his team – on Tuesday at the Briar Patch.
Young replaces former coach Jeron Dunbar, who left the Briar Jumpers' program to coach across town at Southwestern High School less than a month ago.
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