Wednesday, October 17, 2012
MV Goes Young With New Hoops Coach
"I was in the running for the Campbell job" Young told the NH Notebook. "But how can you argue with a guy who has won state championships?"
Young has now gotten his chance though, as he has been hired as the new boys basketball head coach at Merrimack Valley High in Penacook, NH. He didn't get the Campbell job (Division III) but it turned out pretty good since he now gets the job at MV (D-II).
"I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason" said Young, who resides in Litchfield, NH.
The MV job became available in mid-August when Rich Otis resigned. Otis was at the helm for 10 years, and during that time the Pride were a perennial playoff team in D-II. They won 10+ games each of the past 2 years. But in August not only did MV lose their coach of the last 10 years, but they also lost their starting point guard as junior Ryan Otis (Coach Otis' son) transferred from MV to Trinity.
Still, Merrimack Valley has enough talent returning off last year's team to give Coach Young a solid foundation to work with in his first season. Senior wing Andrew Alicea had a big summer and is seeing solid recruiting interest despite missing half of last season due to injury. Other key returning players are Dylan Baer and Joey Brochu.
Young is anxious to get started with his new squad.
"I just got the job a couple weeks ago" said Young. "But with the NHIAA's new rules we are able to have small group workouts with the players during the fall, which helps as a new coach coming in."
During his time at Wilton, Young's teams were always competitive and among the top teams in Division IV. Then last season he was the assistant coach at Pelham where he worked alongside Pelham head coach Matt Regan, who is known for preaching tough, physical, hard nosed, up-tempo basketball. Look for Young to bring the same mentality to MV, and for the Pride to surprise a lot of people this winter in D-II.