Big news hit Mercer County athletics this week as Athletic Director Donald Wayne Smith announced on Thursday, March 30, Mercer basketball coach, Kurt Young, will be leaving the program after one season to coach the newest school in Fayette County, Frederick Douglass High School.
This will be the Titans’ third boys basketball coach in the last three years when the season tips off in the winter.
During Young’s tenure at Mercer, he helped the Titans win their third straight 46th District title, led them to an appearance in the 12th region championship game and compiled a record of 25 wins and 8 losses.
Young has travelled all over the United States coaching basketball with stops in Hawaii, Georgia, Kansas and Florida just to name a few.
Young was emotional when talking about leaving these group of guys.
“They will we one of my all-time favorite teams and I have never had a team play with such heart and that were high-character kids,” said Young. “They really made it fun to coach and constantly kept amazing me with how hard they played and I had several coaches say it was the hardest playing team they had ever seen and that is special.”
“More importantly was the type of men they were,” he added. “I will never be able to repay them for setting such a great example for my son.”
Accepting a new job can be overwhelming for a basketball coach. Moving schools and cities can be challenging and can take time, but Young was excited about the opportunities that coaching in Lexington will provide.
“My family felt that Mercer County was going to be my last job. Everyone has been tremendous from Coach Smith, Superintendent Davis, Principal Hutchins and all the coaches and staff that I can’t thank enough,” said Young. “The community welcomed us and made us feel like family so much that we bought a home here.”
Although the change of coaches coming more often the past few seasons, the Titans have still excelled on court. They have only suffered four 12th region losses in the last two seasons, which included a trip to the Sweet Sixteen with a 33-2 record.
Mercer continues its search for a new basketball coach for the 2017-2018 season.
For full story, pick up a copy of this week’s Harrodsburg Herald.