Coach Danny Young is entering his 16th season as Head Coach of the University of Montevallo men’s basketball program after guiding the Falcons to NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in 11 of the past 14 seasons. Currently, Coach Young is one of Top-10 active winningest coaches in NCAA Division II with 383-154 (0.710) career record. Thus far his teams advanced to the NCAA “Sweet 16” 10 times. Three of those teams advanced to the “Elite 8” while one squad advanced to the NCAA Division II championship game. Coach Young was named the Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Decade for 2000-2010. In his coaching tenure, he has coached 12 NCAA Division II All-Americans and seven Conference Player of the Year selections. Thus far in his coaching career, he was named region or conference Coach of the Year seven times.
During the 2014-15 season, Coach Young led The University of Montevallo to its first Peach Belt Conference regular season championship and its fourth straight West Division championship. In 2011-2012, the Falcons advanced to their first NCAA Division II championship game in school history. The team 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.
In a four-year span from 2003-2007 the Falcons appeared in two “Elite Eights”, four consecutive NCAA Division II South Regional Tournaments, including regional championships in 2006 and 2007, as well as three Gulf South Conference championships (2004, 2005, 2007). Coach Young was named Gulf South Conference East Division Coach of the Year for three consecutive seasons (2005, 2006, 2007) and was named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2007.
In his first season (2013) at The University of Montevallo, the team recorded 23 wins which became the school’s record for most wins. The team also went on to win their first-ever Gulf South Conference championship, and advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
Prior to The University of Montevallo, Coach 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. Coach Young’s team won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and went to the NCAA East Regional, finishing with a 25-6 record in 2002-2003. 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, Coach Young served as an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1994-1996, and spent a season as an assistant at The University of Nebraska-Omaha. in 1994-1995. Coach 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.
A native of Duncan, Arizona, and standout athlete in high school, Coach Young was nominated to the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Team. In college, Coach Young was coached by former NBA player and coach, Paul Westphal, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Grand Canyon University in 1990.
2003-Present, The University of Montevallo, Head Coach
2001-2003, Salem International University, Head Coach
1996-2001, Salem International University, Assistant Coach
1994-1996, Wheeling Jesuit University, Assistant Coach
1993-1994, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Assistant Coach
1990-1993, Grand Canyon University, Assistant Coach
NCAA DII Gulf South Conference Coach of the Decade 2000 – 2010
5-time Conference Coach of the Year (Peach Belt, Gulf South)
2-time NABC Region Coach of the Year (South, Southeast)
10 Sweet Sixteen / Regional Championship Appearances
3 Elite Eight appearances representing 2 separate regions of NCAA
1 Final Four appearance
1 National Finalist appearance
12 Regular Season or Division Championships
3 Gulf South Conference Championships
2 Peach Belt Conference Championships
6 Consecutive PBC West Division Championships