June 27, 2005
ATLANTA – Charlton Young, a former star player at Georgia Southern who spent the 2004-05 season as the associate head coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, has joined the Georgia Tech basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Paul Hewitt announced Monday.
Young replaces Cliff Warren, who was appointed the head coach at Jacksonville University in May.
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.
“Charlton brings a great deal of enthusiasm to our staff and program,” said head coach Paul Hewitt. “He has a great reputation for working with point guards, and is an excellent defensive coach.”
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. The Miami, Fla., native rejoined the Tigers staff in May of 2000 where he was responsible for recruiting, scouting, player development and on-the-floor coaching.
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, defeating Saint Joseph’s and Wake Forest before falling by one point to eventual champion Syracuse.
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.
Young earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern in June of 1994, majoring in communication arts. He earned first-team all-Southern Conference selection as a senior in 1993, was named second-team All-Trans America Athletic Conference as a sophomore and junior, and was an honorable mention All-TAAC selection as a freshman.
The former guard holds three GSU basketball records, including career assists (530), career three-pointers made (241) and three-pointers made for a season (93). For his career, Young averaged 13.3 points and 4.6 assists per game from 1989-93, and started 103 of 114 games. He played professionally in Tours, France, for the 1993-94 season before becoming a coach.
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 Victoria and Audia Denise, and a son, Isaiah Anthony.