Del Young is beginning his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Grand Valley State baseball program. Young handles duties as both the hitting coach and aids in defensive instruction for the team.
Young’s fourth season in Allendale saw the Lakers capture both the GLIAC regular season title and GLIAC Tournament title, the 11th tournament title in program history. The Lakers posted a 22-8 record in conference play and a 36-18-1 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Midwest Regional tournament before seasons end.
As the hitting coach for the Lakers, Young guided the team to a .305 team batting average, good for fifth in the GLIAC conference, and were third in total hits with 556.
Young's second season in Allendale saw the Lakers post a 39-13 overall record, claim its fourth consecutive GLIAC regular season title with a 24-6 record in league play and capture the 2014 GLIAC Tournament crown. GVSU bowed out of the postseason in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament. Young's work with the Laker hitters helped the team tie for eighth nationally in on-base percentage (.415) and rank 17th in home runs per game (0.79), 19th slugging percentage (.453) and 24th in batting average (.319). With Young's guidance, slugger Giancarlo Brugnoni ranked fourth in Division II in home runs (17) and broke the GLIAC record for career home runs (49). At season's end, Brugnoni was named Daktronics, Inc. Player of the Year and finished second in the Tino Martinez Award voting.
In 2013, his first season as an assistant coach, Young helped the Lakers make their sixth NCAA Division II College World Series appearance and a third-place finish. GVSU went 38-19 and boasted victories over eventual national champion Tampa and national runner-up Minnesota State. Moreover, the Lakers won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship and took runner-up honors in the GLIAC Tournament. GVSU's three College World Series wins matched the program's best total. It also finished No. 3 in the final American Baseball Coaches Association poll.
Young, who spent the prior two years as the head coach at Owens (Ohio) Community College, where he finished his first season at the helm (2011) with a 25-13 overall record and a second-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The Express started off with an 8-0 mark on its spring trip and was ranked as high as 13th in NJCAA Division II polls during the 2011 season. Owens finished the 2012 campaign with a 19-35 mark.
Under Young's tutelage, six of his players were recognized and named to the All-OCCAC team. Additionally, freshman infielder Joe Sickler earned All-Region XII Team honors for the 2011 season. During his two years as a head coach at Owens nine of his players moved on to play for four year programs at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels.
Young previously served as a NCAA Division I assistant coach for six-plus seasons at Oakland University and Eastern Michigan University prior to his appointment at Owens Community College.
At Oakland University, Young was recruiting coordinator and in his second season (2010) helped the Golden Grizzlies to the Summit League tournament. Under his tutelage, catchers threw out 41 percent of would-be base stealers. In 2009, Young's first year in Oakland, the Golden Grizzlies posted a record-high .960 fielding percentage, while turning 57 double plays en route to winning a school-record 22 games and setting 16 team and or individual records. Oakland experienced success in the classroom too, as the 2008-09 team achieved a 3.07 grade-point average and received the Community Service Award, presented annually to the team with the highest level of community service.
Young spent the prior four seasons coaching at Eastern Michigan University, starting as a second assistant in 2004 before being promoted to top assistant in the fall of 2006. In 2008, he helped the Eagles earn a NCAA Regional tournament berth after EMU won the Mid-American Conference tournament championship. The Eagles won back-to-back MAC West Division titles during Young's tenure, with Young mentoring primarily infielders and hitters. Eastern Michigan improved statistically in virtually every offensive category under his leadership, saving the best for his last season when the Eagles raised their batting average 24 points and scored 105 more runs, averaging nearly seven runs per game.
In Young's coaching career, he has coached 10 players that have signed contracts to play professionally, including former MAC Pitcher of the Year Jeff Fischer and CoSIDA Academic All-American Jeff Hehr, who were both drafted in the 2007 MLB Draft.
The Bad Axe, Mich., native was a two-year baseball letterwinner for Northwood University after playing his first two seasons collegiately at St. Clair County Community College. He earned a bachelor's of business administration degree in Management from Northwood University in 2004 and a master's degree in Sport Management from Eastern Michigan University in 2006.
Young and his wife, Jenni, reside in Hudsonville, Mich. and have a two-year-old daughter, Sydney. Young is the nephew of Curt Young, the former Major League Baseball pitcher who is now pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics.
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