Samantha Young, a native of Pineville, Ky., begins her second season with the East Carolina Pirates. She came to ECU from Wofford College, where she served as head coach during the 2003-04 season. Young works with the post players. She will also be involved in recruiting and all aspects of the program.
Before heading to Wofford College, Young spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina serving as recruiting coordinator and assisting in all aspects of on-court coaching. She played a vital role in the turnaround success of the Lady Chanticleers during her tenure. In her second season, CCU posted their first winning season in 12 years as a Division I member, and went on to make three Big South Tournament championship game appearances.
A 1996 graduate of Eastern Kentucky with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Young also received a master's degree in sports administration from EKU in 1997.
Young was a four-year standout as a player at Eastern Kentucky. As a senior, she earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors when she averaged 16.0 points while placing fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game at 3.1. Young also ranked 23rd in the nation in assists with an average of 5.9 each contest.
Prior to working at Coastal Carolina, Young served one year (1996-97) as a graduate assistant at her alma mater. Eastern Kentucky captured the OVC championship that season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.