Meade coach Young resigns after 26 seasons at school

He was reluctant to groom successor for next season

November 17, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Butch Young has stepped down as Meade's boys basketball coach after 26 seasons at the school.

Young said he was asked to groom someone to take over for him next year, and he was reluctant to do so.

"Butch gave me his keys Friday night and that obviously was his final decision," said Meade athletic director Ralph Beachley. "It was all up to him, and he decided not to sign a contract."

Said Young, who retired from teaching two years ago: "I'm no longer coaching Meade. I have not retired from coaching, but have been told somebody else will coach the team this year."

The only boys basketball coach the school has had, Young is one of only three Anne Arundel County boys basketball coaches with 500 career wins.

Young, who led the Mustangs to the state final in 1993 and to the state semifinals four other times, is 507-321 in 36 seasons, including 10 at Severna Park.

Faculty members Tom Behr and Charles Guilford ran the first Meade practice on Saturday, and are both being considered for the head coaching vacancy along with Darryl Adams, a volunteer assistant coach at Meade.

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