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Wofford's Young national coach of the year semifinalist
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 03/11/2019
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Wofford's Mike Young
Courtesy: Southern Conference
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ATLANTA, Ga. – Just hours after the Wofford men's basketball team moved up to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll on Monday afternoon, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced head coach Mike Young was named a semifinalist for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year award. The award includes 11 candidates due to ties in the voting process.

Young, who is in his 17th year at the helm of the program, has guided the Terriers to a 28-4 overall record, going 20-0 against Southern Conference opponents this season. Two weeks after garnering the program's first ever AP Top 25 ranking, Young has Wofford in its fifth Ingles SoCon Championship presented by General Shale title game and up to No. 20 overall in the country.

Young has amassed a record of 297-243 in his 17 seasons, appearing in four NCAA tournaments, with the most recent appearance coming 2014-15 when the Wofford was edged out by Arkansas. Young and the Terriers have a chance to capture the automatic bid to this year's NCAA tournament on Monday night, facing the second-seeded UNCG Spartans in the SoCon Championship at 7 p.m.

Young, who was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by both the coaches and media, is the active leader for wins at a SoCon school, and has been named SoCon Coach of the Year four times in the last decade (2009-10, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2018-19). The Terriers are one of only two teams (No. 1 Gonzaga) to remain unbeaten in conference play and currently hold the second-longest win streak (19) behind the Gonzaga (22).

The full list of nominees is below. To find out more about the award, click here.

Rick Barnes, Tennessee
Chris Beard, Texas Tech
Tony Bennett, Virginia
John Calipari, Kentucky
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Nate Oats, Buffalo
Matt Painter, Purdue
Kelvin Sampson, Houston
Roy Williams, North Carolina
Mike Young, Wofford

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