Yale’s Young to Retire

Posted: 28 August by Brett Hoover in Announcement, Yale
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Yale Coach Mark Young announced on Friday that he will retire from that position at the conclusion of the upcoming cross country season. Young, who enters his 31st season as a coach at Yale, will remain with the program coaching the women’s track and field team’s distance and middle distance runners through the spring. Associate head coach David Shoehalter will be Yale’s new coach.

Young’s retirement caps a career that has been marked by many significant accomplishments. Since returning to his alma mater as a coach in 1980, Young has led Yale to six Heptagonal Championships and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships in women’s cross country. The Bulldogs have also won four ECAC titles under Young’s guidance. The director position that now bears his name was endowed in his honor in 2008.

“I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish here at Yale during my tenure, and would like to thank all of the individuals who have been a part of it,” Young said. “We have demonstrated that student-athletes can achieve at the highest levels of their sport while simultaneously striving for academic excellence. Having worked with Dave Shoehalter for 17 years I am thrilled that he will take on the role of director when I retire, because that ensures continuity to that overall philosophy.”

Young was the national Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1987, when he led Yale to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships — the best finish ever for an Ivy League women’s team. He also earned District I Cross Country Coach of the Year honors for the third straight time that season. In track and field Young was named NCAA District I Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 1987, when Yale won the outdoor Heptagonal Championship and finished second indoors.

For the full story on Yale’s website, please click here.

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