CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — If Houston County’s girls basketball program is to continue its long run of dominance, it’ll have to do so without the principal architect of that success.
Lady Irish basketball coach Sam Young has decided to step down from his position in Erin and will take over the head coaching duties at Creek Wood High School in Charlotte.
The Dickson County School District released a statement Monday afternoon, announcing Young as the new girls basketball coach at Creek Wood.
“It was a tough decision,” Young said. “My family and I prayed about it, but we felt it was the best decision for my family. Houston County has been very good to me and I’ve had tremendous support there but it was time for a new challenge.”
Young said it was that challenge that drew him to Creek Wood. The Red Hawks play in Class AA.
“It was a decision that will benefit my family,” he said. “But this is something that I think will bring more growth to me as a coach. I have nothing against Houston County, but Creek Wood is a larger school and in 2A. So it’ll be a step up in competition which brings its own set of challenges.”
Creek Wood is coming off a 26-11 season, capturing the District 11-AA tournament championship before losing in the region title game. The Red Hawks lost to East Nashville in the 2A sectional.
Like Houston County, Creek Wood has enjoyed a string of success. The last time the Red Hawks failed to win at least 21 games was the 2009-10 season. Since then, Creek Wood has dominated District 11, reaching 34 wins in 2013-14 when it advanced to the 2A state semifinal game.
Young will finish his teaching obligation at Houston County as a physical education instructor for the remainder of this school year. He’ll assume that role at Creek Wood next fall. He said he talked to his Lady Irish team last Friday and will meet with the Creek Wood players this week or next.
“There is a lot of tradition in Charlotte,” Young said. “They have a great program and a great team. I have to continue the success that the program has had. They have a great youth league and AAU program that starts from third-grade and up and a great middle school program.
“I do feel like I did a lot at Houston County and was very successful. Whoever their next coach is will have a great group of girls coming back.”
Young brings an impressive resume to Creek Wood. In his eight years at Houston County, he transformed a team that was occasionally competitive in District 10-A and turned it into a district power and one of the Midstate’s top Class A girls programs.
He won four straight District 10 regular season championships, three straight tournament titles and captured a Region 5-A crown. Twice he led the Lady Irish to the Class A state tournament and he guided his program to back-to-back 30-plus win seasons.
He steps down as the program’s all-time winningest coach with a career record of 193-59 and was even more dominant in district play with a 96-12 overall record.
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SAM YOUNG PROFILE
Years at Houston County: 8
Career record: 193-59
District 10-A record: 96-12 (regular season)
30-win seasons: Two (31-3 in 2013-14, 34-2 in 2014-15)
District regular season titles: 4 straight (2012-16)
District tournament titles: 3 straight (2013-16)
Region tournament titles: 1 (2014-15)