Associate head coach Greg Young, who has been at Texas-Arlington since 2009, has been promoted to head coach of the Mavericks, the school announced Monday evening. Young replaces Chris Ogden, who left last week to join Chris Beard‘s staff at alma mater Texas.
“We didn’t need to look any further than one chair down the bench for our next head coach,” AD Jim Baker said in a release. “Coach Young deserves this opportunity, and I’m thrilled for him and the future of our program. He has the confidence of our players, and is well-respected and held in high regard by our alumni, campus leaders and supporters.”
This is the first Division I head coaching opportunity for Young, who previously served as a head coach at the JUCO and HS level. He is a native of Cleburne, Texas and played at D-III Howard Payne (TX). He was hired by former UTA head coach Scott Cross in 2009 as an assistant and was elevated to associate head coach in 2013.
“I am so humbled and excited to be named the next head men’s basketball coach at UT Arlington,” said Young. “This is a dream come true, especially at an institution I love and have called home the last dozen years.
I get emotional when I think of all our former players here at UT Arlington and how much I love those men,” Young continued. “They are so special to me and important to our program and this tremendous institution. Most importantly, I can’t wait to coach our players another day. They are the reason I love coming to work every day, and I look forward to the future of our program as should all Mav fans. Arlington is home – there is no place like home.”
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