Jim Young (American Football Coach)
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Jim Young American Football Coach
Jim Young
Biographical details
Born (1935-04-21) April 21, 1935 (age 84)
Playing career
1954Ohio State
1956Bowling Green
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957Bowling Green (GA)
1958-1959Bowling Green (assistant)
1960-1963Shawnee (OH)
1964-1968Miami (OH) (assistant)
1969-1972Michigan (DC)
1992-1994Arizona (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall120-71-2 (college)
28-10-1 (high school)
Accomplishments and honors
1 WAC (1973)
WAC Coach of the Year (1973)
Big Ten Coach of the Year (1978)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1999 (profile)

Jim Young (born April 21, 1935) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Arizona (1973-1976), Purdue University (1977-1981), and the United States Military Academy (1983-1990), compiling a career college football record of 120-71-2. Young was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1999.

In addition to achieving a bowl game record of 5-1 (.833); Young was the interim coach for the Michigan Wolverines during the 1970 Rose Bowl, as Bo Schembechler was hospitalized following a mild heart attack.[1]

Coaching career


In December 1976, Purdue University hired a 41-year-old, Young away from Arizona.[2] When Young arrived at Purdue, he named true freshman, Mark Herrmann as the team's starting quarterback, and the freshman lived up to expectations, throwing for 2,041 yards through the team's first eight games.[3] Herrmann broke the NCAA record for passing yards (2,453) and passing touchdowns (18) for freshman.[4] In 1978, Young lead Purdue to a 9-2-1 record, and a victory over Georgia Tech in the 1978 Peach Bowl. Young was named the Big Ten's Coach of the Year, the first Boilermaker head coach to ever win the award.[5] Throughout his career, Herrmann would break the Big Ten's all-time career passing yards (6,734) and passing touchdowns (48) before his senior season.[6] After a disappointing 1981 season, Young resigned from his position as head coach at Purdue, citing his desire to concentrate on athletic administration.[7]

Coaching tree

Assistant coaches under Jim Young who became NCAA head coaches:

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Arizona Wildcats (Western Athletic Conference) (1973-1976)
1973 Arizona 8-3 6-1 T-1st
1974 Arizona 9-2 6-1 2nd
1975 Arizona 9-2 5-2 2nd 13 18
1976 Arizona 5-6 3-4 T-5th
Arizona: 31-13 20-8
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1977-1981)
1977 Purdue 5-6 3-5 T-6th
1978 Purdue 9-2-1 6-1-1 3rd W Peach 13 13
1979 Purdue 10-2 7-1 2nd W Astro-Bluebonnet 10 10
1980 Purdue 9-3 7-1 T-2nd W Liberty 16 17
1981 Purdue 5-6 3-6 T-8th
Purdue: 38-19-1 26-14-1
Army Black Knights (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1983-1990)
1983 Army 2-9
1984 Army 8-3-1 W Cherry
1985 Army 9-3 W Peach
1986 Army 6-5
1987 Army 5-6
1988 Army 9-3 L Sun
1989 Army 6-5
1990 Army 6-5
Army: 51-39-1
Total: 120-71-2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/2007/06/30/56193-corky-naming-of-award-for-ex-ua-coach-young-fitting/
  2. ^ "Jim Young's Named New Purdue Coach". The Argus-Press. December 4, 1976. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Tracy Dodds (November 4, 1977). "Pass Fits Purdue Mold". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Purdue's Jim Young Seeks Balanced Attack". The Argus-Press. August 19, 1978. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Young Contends Victory Changes Purdue's Image". The Palm Beach Post. December 26, 1978. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Who's No. 1?". Reading Eagle. August 31, 1980. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ "Jim Young Calls It Quits As Purdue Football Coach". The Pittsburgh Press. November 19, 1981. Retrieved 2013.

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