Young hits detour on road to 400

January 26, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young said recently that he "can't wait to get rid of that 400 thing," and he's got his wish for now.

Young was believed to be one win away from the 400-career-wins milestone, but he is actually 27 wins away at 373-226 (.623), including his team's current 6-5 mark.

Apparently, wins he earned as a junior-varsity coach at Brooklyn Park in the 1960s were erroneously tacked onto his career varsity record at Severna Park. Young coached 10 varsity seasons (1967-77) at Severna Park before moving to Meade High in the fall of 1977.

In his decade at Severna Park, Young's Falcons were 86-118 with 1973-74 his best season at 17-5.

Since moving to Meade, Young has led the Mustangs to a 287-108 mark in 17 seasons, six times winning 20 or more and claiming three region titles.

The Mustangs were 21-5 and a Class 4A state finalist last year with Young earning Baltimore Sun Coach of the Year honors.

"I'm not sure what my overall record was at Severna Park, but I do know I was 62-18 in four years as Brooklyn Park's JV coach," said Young.

Severna Park's athletic department doesn't have basketball records going back to his tenure, and only recently was the Young era pieced together through extensive research.

Young said he accepts the current findings although he did say last year that he thought his career record was 112-100 at Severna Park.

"I think what happened was that Jerry Mears [Meade's late athletic director] had all of us put together our career records back in the early '80s and somebody helping him included some of my JV wins," said Young.

"When the program came out, I questioned it, and it was never changed and the papers just kept adding to it."

Fortunately, the error was discovered before a party for Young's 400th was held. Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley and people at the school had taped Young during his last two games to catch the big moment, but the Mustangs lost them both.

The party will have to wait, and for Young that's fine with him.

"I could care less about that daggone 400," said Young.

=1 "It just means I've been around a long time."

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