Mercer County High School lured back a Kentucky native back to the Bluegrass state to head its boys basketball program.
Mercer County announced in a statement that it had hired Kurt Young to be its new boys basketball coach. Young replaces Josh Cook, who left after two years in charge to take over the Clark County boys basketball team.
“Mercer County not only has a rich tradition, but I’m thrilled about its bright future,” Young said in a statement. “Everyone you talk to speaks highly of the potential and the future for the Mercer C County Titans. I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Young moves to Harrodsburg after one season at Hopewell High School in Hopewell, Virginia, a suburb of Richmond, where he led the boys basketball team to Virginia’s Class 3-A state title game with a record of 23-6. Young, a 1990 graduate of East Carter High School, graduated from Morehead State and went on to hold a number of coaching and administrative roles at the collegiate level, including serving as the recruiting coordinator for Northern Kentucky University from 2009 through 2014, during which the school transitioned from Division II to Division I.
He also served as the head coach of Thomas University (NAIA) in Georgia, where he was named the Southeast Region Coach of the Year in the 1998-1999 season.
The Titans are coming off one of the best seasons in school history, where they went 33-2 on their way to winning the 46th District and 12th Region championships. Facing the eventual state champions in the first round of the Kentucky Sweet 16 state tournament, the Titans fell to Paul Dunbar by three points, 58-55.
Mercer County returns its leading scorer, junior guard Trevon Faulkner. Faulkner averaged 18.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore.