Volleyball coach announces retirement after 15 seasons

Former Lindenwood women's volleyball coach Ron Young talks to his assistant coaches prior to a match.
Photo by Don Adams Jr.

Phil Scherer | Reporter
Nov. 16, 2016; 2:30 p.m.

Former Lindenwood women's volleyball coach Ron Young talks to his assistant coaches prior to a match. Photo by Don Adams Jr.
Former Lindenwood women’s volleyball coach Ron Young talks to his assistant coaches prior to a match.
Photo by Don Adams Jr.

Lindenwood women’s volleyball head coach Ron Young is retiring effective immediately, according to Lindenwood Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Brad Wachler.

Young was the head coach of the women’s volleyball team for the past 15 seasons, and also led the men’s volleyball program from 2001 until 2013.

In a statement released by the university, Wachler thanked Young for his years of commitment to Lindenwood’s volleyball programs.

“Ron Young has been the face of Lindenwood volleyball for the past 18 seasons, and has won over 700 games combined between the women’s and men’s programs,” Wachler said. “The athletics department is grateful for all of Ron’s contributions to the department and the University.”

Ron Young speaks with Alex Dahlstrom prior to a match at the Hyland Arena. Photo by Don Adams Jr.
Ron Young speaks with Alex Dahlstrom prior to a match at the Hyland Arena.
Photo by Don Adams Jr.

Young won 363 games as the coach of the women’s team, and another 342 while coaching the men. His teams became a powerhouse at the NAIA level of competition prior to the switch to the NCAA, with the women winning seven conference championships, and advancing to the 2007 national tournament. While coaching the men, his teams reached the national semifinals five times.

Also at the NAIA level, he won a national coach of the year award and the conference award for best coach on nine separate occasions.

Things did not go as smoothly once the team transitioned to the NCAA, however, as his women’s teams were unable to finish with a winning record since the transition four seasons ago. This past season, the team finished 11-19 overall, and 5-13 inside the MIAA.

According to the University’s statement, Wachler will immediately begin a nationwide search for Young’s replacement.

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