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Guard Young

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Ninth Season
 
 
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Guard Young

Former Olympian Guard Young was named assistant coach of the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team on June 15, 2011. Young, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, previously served as an assistant coach for the Sooners from 2000 to 2005.

"I'm really excited to have Guard Young back and part of the program," said Williams. "He was with the University of Oklahoma previously during a five-year span as an assistant coach and made it to the 2004 Olympic games. He moved on and then coached a junior national team member in California and started his own business.

"Now, we're bringing him back. I know we can continue to win championships with him as part of the staff. He's going to be a wonderful addition to the program."

Young brings an impressive resume to Norman. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Young was a six-time All-American and two-time NCAA vault champion (1999-2000). He was also the NCAA all-around runner-up in 2000.

"This is actually my third time moving to Oklahoma," said Young. "I moved here with my family in eighth grade and then, after college, Coach Williams brought me here to help coach while training for the Olympics. Now I'm heading back as an assistant coach. I think this is fate telling me I belong here."

During his previous tenure at OU, Young helped lead the Sooners to three NCAA National Championship titles (2002, 2003 and 2005) and he looks forward to adding on to the program's rich tradition during his second stint.

"I wouldn't be coming back to Oklahoma if I didn't feel it was the best program in the country and the best opportunity to help win a National Championship. That's exactly what I plan on doing."

While coaching at OU, Young was mentored by Williams and earned his way onto the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. In Athens, Greece, Young was the first American to compete in both team competitions at the Summer Games and helped the Americans win silver, the first team Olympic medal since 1984.

Young opened the team finals with a 9.7 floor routine before posting a 9.475 on the still rings and a 9.350 on the vault.

In addition to his Olympic appearance, Young was a 10-time U.S. National Team member and competed for Team U.S.A. in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championships. The American squad claimed silver in 2001.
 
After coaching at OU, Young founded Youngsters, Inc. Gymnastics Academy in Sacramento, Calif. He also directed and coached boys gymnastics at multiple gyms in the Sacramento area.

 
 The Young File
 Hometown  Oklahoma City, Okla.
 College  BYU, 2001
 
 Coaching History
 2011-present - Oklahoma Assistant Coach
 2009-2011 - Byers Gymnastics Center
 2007-2011 - Youngsters, Inc., Gym. Academy
 2005-2009 - Technique Gymnastics Academy
 2000-2005 - Oklahoma Assistant Coach
 
 Career Coaching Highlights
 2005 NCAA Team Championship
 2003 NCAA Team Championship
 2002 NCAA Team Championship
 
 Gymnastics Accomplishments
 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist
 2003 U.S. World Championship Team Alternate
 2002 U.S. World Championship Team
 2002 Third Place USA National All-Around
 2001 Fifth Place USA National All-Around
 2001 Second Place U.S. World Championship Team
 2000 NCAA All-Around Runner-Up
 2000 NCAA Vault Champion
 2000 Ninth Place USA National All-Around
 2000 10th Place USA National All-Around
 1999 Fifth Place NCAA All-Around
 1999 NCAA Vault Champion
 1999 NCAA Floor Runner-Up
 1999 Fifth Place NCAA High Bar
 1999 Fourth Place USA National All-Around
 1999 First Place USA National Vault
 1996 Junior National Champion
 
Young's father, Wayne, was the 1976 Olympic team captain and the head coach of Brigham Young's men's gymnastics team from 1979-1987. Wayne Young was also Guard's first coach, at age 10. All six of Young's siblings were also gymnasts.

As a junior gymnast, Young trained under Williams at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman. Under Williams' guidance, Young was the 1996 junior national champion and earned three junior national team berths.

Young graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He was inducted into BYU's Hall of Fame in 2010.