WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Geoff Young was named Purdue Men’s Tennis Head Coach, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics mike bobinsky announcement Wednesday. Young becomes the 10th coach in the program’s 109-year history.
“We are delighted to introduce Geoff Young as Head Coach of Purdue Men’s Tennis,” Bobinski said. “Through the research process, it became apparent that Geoff possessed an ideal combination of high character, belief in the values important to us at Purdue and years of successful experience as a head coach. Throughout in his coaching career, he has demonstrated a commitment to recruiting quality student-athletes and developing them into first-class students, high-achieving competitors and contributing members of the community. to Geoff Young, his wife, Dana, and their children as they join the Boilermaker family.
A proven champion and scout, Young comes to West Lafayette with 22 years of experience as a head coach, including 15 at the helm of Minnesota. Young has a career record of 289-227 with 16 winning seasons and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.
In addition to significant successes on the field, Young’s teams have excelled in class, earning 17 ITA All-Academic Team honors and 61 ITA Athlete-Scholar nominations.
“I am very grateful to mike bobinsky and Ken Halpin and all of the search committee members for taking the time to get to know me and my vision for this program,” Young said. “It suits me, Purdue and me perfectly. This department has everything I value in a tennis program. I want to continue coaching and I feel I have a lot to contribute with the years I have left. I’m excited to take this opportunity and help take this program to places it has never been before.”
Prior to spending the 2022 campaign on the UCF staff, Young took Minnesota men’s tennis to historic and sustained heights during his tenure in the Twin Cities. The Golden Gophers went 209-150 under Young with a 90-62 mark in Big Ten play. Twenty-one Golden Gophers were named First Team All-Big Ten during his 15-year tenure.
Reaching the playoffs 10 times in his first 13 seasons, Young guided the Golden Gophers to five second-round appearances in the NCAA Tournament and one Sweet 16. Five singles players and one doubles team earned berths in the tournament. NCAA under Young’s tutelage.
Minnesota appeared in the final ITA team rankings 12 times, including 21st place at the end of the 2014-15 campaign which saw the Golden Gophers win the Big Ten title for the first time since 1995. Young said also led 20 players in singles and 13 in doubles. tandems in the final classification by the ITA. Its teams have been ranked in the Top 25 nationally in 36 different polls.
Young mentored a trio of All-Americans during his time in Minnesota, as well as 25 All-Big Ten winners, including 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year Leandro Toledo, and 61 Academic All -Big Ten laurels.
Young was twice named ITA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2015 and maintained a perfect TAP.
Young earned his 200th win as head coach of the Minnesota men’s tennis team in 2020, making him the third Gopher men’s tennis coach to eclipse 200 career wins with the team.
Minnesota has reached the NCAA Tournament four of its last five seasons, with the sole exception of the 2020 campaign which was cut short in March.
He recorded his 200th career victory when the Gophers defeated Middle Tennessee State in 2017. The team finished 39th overall while once placing in the Top 25 after defeating Oregon. The team won the ITA Central Region Community Service Award.
The 2014-15 Gophers made a 10-win improvement over the previous season and finished 21st in the nation. They didn’t lose a single game at home and went 10-1 in Big Ten play to share the conference title for the first time since 1995. Young was named ITA Central Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year. All seven players on the 2015 team earned All-Big Ten academic honors.
He won his 100th game on February 22, 2009 against Binghamton and his 150th game on March 3, 2012 at Virginia Tech.
Off the field, Young instilled a high academic standard, as his teams led all teams in cumulative grade point average in Minnesota nine different seasons in the Twin Cities. Three of his rosters were also honored for having the most hours of community service in Minnesota.
Young moved to UCF after Minnesota decided to disband the men’s tennis program after the 2021 season.
Prior to going to Minnesota, Young spent six seasons as head coach at the University of Denver. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Young posted an overall record of 71-68. In his final season in 2005-06, he led Denver to a 13-9 record, then to a program-best fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference and 66th in the national rankings.
In Denver, he worked with the Pioneers’ winningest player, Magnus Ramfelt, who had 71 singles wins from 1998 to 2002. He also coached Adam Holmstrom, who set a school single-season record with 28 wins in single in 2005-06. Holmstrom also became the first Pioneers player to qualify for the NCAA championships in his rookie season.
Young served as Denver’s head women’s tennis coach during the 1999-2000 season and the fall of 2000. In her lone season, the Pioneers finished 9-8 in Denver’s second season at the division level. I of the NCAA. Prior to his move to Denver, Young was an assistant men’s coach at the University of Alabama for three seasons.
A two-time All-Big Ten player at Northwestern, Young served as the team’s co-captain in its senior season in 1994 and has 83 singles wins. He graduated from Northwestern in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
A native of Marion, Ohio, Young was also a successful junior tennis player. He was ranked No. 1 in singles in the Midwest Region 18-U Division in 1989 and No. 1 in doubles in 1990.
Young is married to former Dana Peterson, a four-time letter winner with the Gopher women’s tennis team from 1993-1996 and an assistant coach at Minnesota from 1997-1999. Dana also served as head coach of women’s tennis in Denver for six seasons.
Their three children are all tennis stars in their own right. Gavin was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, ITA Midwest Rookie of the Year and Big Ten Fall Singles Champion as a 2021-22 freshman at Michigan. His daughter Karin earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2021-22 as a rookie at Oregon with the team’s highest singles winning percentage. Her youngest, Zan, is also an aspiring tennis player.