Plymouth Wildcat golfers have nailed it on the course ever since Dan Young took the reins of the high school’s boys and girls teams.
And now, it’s Young’s turn to nail it as he recently learned he will be honored as Coach of the Year by the Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association. The official honor will be presented at a banquet next spring.
“Very humbled especially that it’s coming from the golf coaches board of directors,” noted Young, in an e-mail to the Observer. “They told me the MIGCA overall state coach of the year is a recognition of excellence over time.
“Being good over time is hard to do. To me this award is for all of our Plymouth golfers and coaches. Its about the tradition we have built over time.”
Young, also a teacher at Pioneer Middle School, would rather give credit to others even for such an individual honor.
“This comes from a lot of hard working people working together for the betterment of the team,” Young continued. “I really believe that. We have good golfers that come from good families and I just try to get them to become good together.”
The string of successes chalked up by the boys and girls teams during Young’s tenure is noteworthy.
With the boys program, Young has guided the Wildcats to three MHSAA regional titles, two Kensington Conference championships and three KLAA South Division titles as well as finishing as a runner-up for the state D1 title.
Plymouth’s girls teams over the past four seasons have won two D1 championships, four regional titles, two KLAA titles plus three conference and four division crowns.
In addition, current senior Katie Chipman and 2014 grad Kelsey Murphy were named to the MIGCA Super Team during Young’s tenure.