A former star player at Georgia Southern who spent the 2004-05 season as the associate head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, Charlton Young joined the Georgia Tech basketball staff as an assistant coach in June of 2005. He returned to his alma mater in April of 2009, becoming the head coach at Georgia Southern.
Young established himself as a top-notch recruiter, helping recruit a Tech class in 2006 rated as high as No. 6 nationally by some recruiting services and another in 2009 rated as high as No. 3. He was listed by Rivals.com as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters in September of 2006.
The top assistant to head coach John Shulman, Young helped the Moccasins to a highly successful season, including the championship of the Southern Conference and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1997. The Mocs finished the season with an overall record of 20-11 and won the SoCon North Division title.
Prior to his year at UTC, Young also spent a total of seven seasons as a member of Cliff Ellis' staff at Auburn, most recently from 2000-04. During that time, he helped the Tigers lure a recruiting class ranked No. 3 nationally by ESPN.com. The Tigers' most successful run occurred in 2002-03, when they forged a 22-12 record after being picked to finish last in the SEC West. Auburn advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Auburn also went 18-14 with an NIT appearance in 2000-01.
His first assignment at Auburn was from 1994-97, where he was an administrative assistant for the 1994-96 seasons, then an assistant coach during the 1996-97 season.
In between his terms at Auburn, Young worked for head coach Hugh Durham at Jacksonville from 1997-99, then served one year at Northeastern for head coach Rudy Keeling where he put together a nationally-ranked recruiting class, according to Eastern Basketball Magazine.
Young earned his bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern in June of 1994, majoring in communication arts. A first-team all-Southern Conference selection as a senior in 1993, he averaged 17.1 points and 5.1 assists while leading the Eagles to a 19-9 record in their first year in the league.
He was the 1992 Trans-America Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player and was named to the All-TAAC Second-Team as a sophomore and junior, averaging 13.7 and 13.6 points, respectively. As a freshman, he averaged 8.8 points and was an honorable mention All-TAAC selection.
Young set three GSU basketball records, including career assists (530), career three-pointers made (241), and season three-pointers made (93). He has been elected to the university's Sports Hall of Fame this year.
For his career, Young averaged 13.3 points and 4.6 assists per game from 1989-93. He started 103 of 114 games and was voted a senior captain. Following his playing career, he played professionally in Tours, France, for the 1993-94 season, averaging 17.0 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Young attended Carol City High School in Miami where he led his school to the state championship as a junior. A McDonald's All-America nominee, he helped CCHS to a 37-3 record in 1988 and a 29-4 mark in 1989.
He is married to the former Carolyn Jones, a two-time Kodak All-America basketball player at Auburn and Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1990-91. She is a former member of the WNBA's Portland Fire and was an assistant coach for the Auburn women's basketball team. They have two daughters, Ariel and Audia, and two sons, Isaiah and Nehemiah.
YOUNG FILE Full name: Charlton J. Young Birthdate: August 15, 1971, in Miami, Fla. Family: Wife, Carolyn; daughters, Ariel and Audia; sons, Isaiah and Nehemiah Education: B.S. in Communication Arts (1994), Georgia Southern Playing experience: Four years at Georgia Southern (1989-93) Coaching experience: Administrative assistant, Auburn (1994-96); assistant coach, Auburn (1996-97); assistant coach, Jacksonville (1997-99); assistant coach, Northeastern (1999-2000); assistant coach, Auburn (2000-04); associate head coach, Tennessee-Chattanooga (2004-05) Joined Tech staff: June 23, 2005