Kansas City, Sept. 5, 2017: For new Central Academy of Excellence coach and educator Darrin Young, a passion for basketball is having a positive impact on students across the school.
Young is a Saint Louis native who attended Saint Louis University High School, where he earned three varsity letters. In 2009, he transferred to Kirkwood High School and, that same year, led his team to a district championship. He was also voted District MVP, and led the entire Saint Louis region in assists per game.
After graduation, Young attended Saint Louis University and played for the late Coach Rick Majerus. After Saint Louis University, he transferred to Maryville University and was the starting point guard for three years. While still playing at Maryville University, Young was an assistant basketball coach for the Saint Louis Eagles, now known as Bradley Beal Elite. Young also served as the head middle school basketball coach at Whitfield Academy. He organized multiple basketball summer camps throughout the entire St. Louis area and also worked as a counselor for several summer college basketball camps.
After relocating to the Kansas City area, Young served as a math teacher at a charter school and was the assistant coach for the varsity basketball team. While on staff, Young’s role were primarily individual skill development, opponent scouting and weightlifting coordinator. His teams have had 20 win seasons, and this past season his team finished third in the state.
Playing and coaching at such an elite level throughout the course of his career has equipped Young with the expertise to teach the game of basketball to rising stars. He loves teaching players of all age groups the essential skills and personal development tools that are necessary to excel in life and the game of basketball. Utilizing an assortment of drills to enhance his students’ knowledge and fundamental skills carries over to their lives off the court, enhancing their abilities as a players and people. Young is very excited to be a member of the Eagles family.