Mark Youngs joined the Monmouth Women’s Basketball staff in July 2014. He came to West Long Branch with experience as a head coach on the collegiate level, having guided Davenport (Mich.) University to the NAIA Division II National Championship Game in 2011. He also gained experience as a court coach for USA Basketball in the 2011 World University Games and the USA U-19 World Championship teams. Additionally, Youngs served as head coach of the gold medal winning USA Athletes International team at the 2008 United World Games in Austria.
In his first season of 2014-15 at Monmouth, Youngs helped implement an up-tempo, fast-paced style that encouraged three-point shooting. Within the system, Sarah Olson knocked down the then-second-most three-point field goals (70) in program Division I history. A year later, Olson upped her total to 73, while Tyese Purvis joined her in the top four in program history with 67. Olson earned All-MAAC Second Team honors as a senior, while Jamiyah Bethune was named to the Third Team and Jasmine McCall earned MAAC Co-Sixth Player of the Year, with Monmouth advancing to the 2016 MAAC Championship Semifinals.
Most recently, Youngs was Director of Coaching and Clinic Coordinator at East Hills Athletic Club and the Drive Basketball Academy. He conducted coaching clinics and private basketball instructions, ranging from fundamental drills to scheme advice. He provided private coaching instruction for athletes ranging from middle school to the professional level and was the head coach of the Drive Basketball Academy’s 2018 girls basketball team.
In 2013, Youngs served as Professional Development Coach and Project Development Assistant for the ABaCoDE Basketball Club in Accra, Ghana. He designed a coaching curriculum for one of the top programs in all of Africa and implemented advanced curriculum through coaching and player development clinics. He coached and played for the Nima Warriors’ Senior Men’s A Division team and developed several Ghanaian, Cameroonian and Burkinabe junior and senior national team players through private instruction. He also assisted Ghana Basketball to establish an improved system for selecting and developing their national program.
While at Davenport from 2002-11, Youngs was named Wolverine Hoosier Conference Coach of the Year four times. His teams won 25 or more games in each of his last five seasons, culminating with a 37-1 record and a national runner-up finish in 2011, a year in which his team averaged 91 points per game. Youngs started the program from scratch in 2002 and his teams qualified for nine national tournaments in nine seasons (2 USCAA, 7 NAIA). His teams reached the No. 1 ranking on several occasions. In his time at Davenport, he managed to sign 11 players who held scholarship offers from Division I programs. He was a two-time WBCA/Rawlings Regional Coach of the Year and was voted the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan’s College Coach of the Year in 2010. Youngs also served as Davenport’s Sports Information Director from 2002-07.
Prior to his tenure at Davenport, Youngs was the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Belding Area (Mich.) Schools. After inheriting a 3-18 team, Youngs led the program to 14 wins and a district championship the following season. He was recognized as conference and area coach of the year in 2000.
Youngs graduated cum laude from Hope (Mich.) College in 1999. Youngs lives in West Long Branch with his wife Amber and their two sons, Trey and Eli.
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