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CAK’s Young, ex-Vol player, to end 37-year coaching run

It’s been many years since Christian Academy of Knoxville’s head coach Bill Young knew what Friday nights felt like without a high school football game to coach.

After this year Young will be stepping down from the head coach position he has held for five years, ending 37 years of coaching.

“It’s going to be a lot harder than I thought,” Young said. “I have a lot of mixed emotions.”

After playing free safety at UT in the 1966, 1968 and 1969 seasons, Young coached at LaFollette for two years. In 1972 Young coached in Florida before coming back to Knoxville as an assistant coach at Bearden in 1973. Young then coached at South in 1974 and West in 1976, then went back to BHS as head coach from 1977-1980.

Young went to Oak Ridge in 1981 before returning once more to Bearden, in 1988, where he would stay through 2001. His Bulldogs’ 49-42 double-overtime win versus Farragut in 2001 was Bearden’s most recent in the series.

CAK was on its second varsity season when Young arrived to turn the program around in ’02. Shortly thereafter, he led the Warriors deep into the Class A state playoffs.

With his 2006 Warriors sporting a 3-2 record, Young’s career head coaching win total is believed to be at 212.

At CAK, “It’s been real rewarding and a lot of fun to watch it grow facility wise and participant wise,” Young said. “There are certain things you think are the best ever ... parents and players that I get to see grow up to be good men. I have five players of sons I coached in the past.”

Young will continue to teach at CAK.

As for Young’s family, “My children and their families would come and my wife has never missed a game,” he said. “Coaching is tough on the family, instead of the coach. They hear all of the criticisms about the coach and we just brush it off. Being at C-A-K, we haven’t had that problem.”

Young said he’s planning to travel more and spend more time with family. “I guess now I’ll be a better husband.”


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