Twenty-seven years after graduating from Coast Union High School, Bobby Youngs is coming home to coach the varsity boys basketball team. He takes the reins from Tim May, who coached the Broncos for 12 years and is stepping aside this year.
“For the past 15 years, I’ve always wanted to coach varsity high school basketball,” said Youngs, who has coached junior varsity volleyball at Morro Bay and basketball at Cayucos Elementary School, in addition to coaching basketball camps in Santa Barbara.
“It feels really good to be coaching at Coast Union,” he said, adding that he has “some pretty good shoes to fill” following May’s successful run.
Youngs is taking over a team that lost some very good talent to graduation last year, but he believes the team will do fine once in the Coast Valley League. “What’s cool about the players now is everyone is on the same page. Our goal is just to win one game at a time and get into the CIF playoffs, and after that, whatever happens, happens.”
His style of basketball is to “push the ball a lot — get it down court as fast as we can. I like to run pick and rolls, cutting, and I like to press a lot when we make a basket and the other team takes the ball.”
The first game for the Broncos is Dec. 2 against Orcutt Academy; until then, Youngs will stress conditioning, which is a top priority. “Players not in shape get tired late in the game, and when you’re tired, you get lazy,” he explained.