Greg Young has been fired after less than two seasons as head coach at UT Arlington, the school announced on Friday. Young went 20-33 overall and the Mavericks are currently 9-15 (4-8), sitting in 10th place in the WAC.
New AD John Fagg had this to say in a statement: “Following a holistic evaluation of our program, the determination was made that now is the most advantageous time for us to make this move. Change is rarely easy, and this decision was no different, but we need to inject a new, impactful, results-driven energy into the program. We are in a new, extremely competitive conference, and a fresh perspective will give us the best opportunity to elevate our program to the consistent championship level our supporters and student-athletes deserve. I know coach Young cares deeply about the UTA men’s basketball program, and I sincerely thank him for his efforts and dedicated service over the last 14 years as a head, associate and assistant coach. We are thankful for the many student-athletes he has mentored, and on behalf of the entire department I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
Young was promoted to head coach in April 2021 after spending twelve seasons on the staff. He replaced Chris Ogden, who had recently resigned for a staff position at alma mater, Texas. It was the first D-I head coaching opportunity for Young, though he previously led the programs at Hill College (TX) and Lamar CC (CO).
Associate head coach Royce ‘Snoop’ Johnson has been named interim head coach for the rest of the 2022-23 season.
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