Cambrian: Sports

Bobby Youngs makes coaching switch to Coast Union girls basketball

Last season was Bobby Youngs’ first experience coaching basketball at the high school level, and he led the Coast Union boys to a 17-5 season — 11-0 in the Coast Valley League. His team lost a first-round CIF playoff game to Bishop Diego, 51-40.

This season, longtime coach Tim May has returned to coach the boys team, and Youngs has been hired to coach the Lady Broncos basketball team, which has been coached for the past two years by Emily Foster. Youngs has coached high school girls in softball and volleyball, but not in basketball.

Will Youngs have to make a big transition in coaching the girls after a season guiding the boys team?

“I don’t think there really is a difference,” he said, “but I see boys as being a little more aggressive at times.”

Youngs explained that last year’s boys team “helped me out a lot by accepting me. Tim May had been coaching for a long time, there’s this new guy coming in; a lot of times the kids don’t like the way the new coach handles the team.

“But they accepted they way that I coached. My coaching philosophy is different than Tim’s, but they accepted me.”

Practice for the girls program began Wednesday, Nov. 11, but Youngs had a chance to meet with his team earlier in the week. He said he is aware of some tension between the players and his predecessor, but he said, “Last year was last year; we’re going to be a lot better this year, and we’ll be fundamentally sound.

“I told them, here are what my goals are, what I expect from them, and what I think we can accomplish.”

Last year’s girls team finished 9-2 in Coast Valley League play — in second place behind unbeaten Valley Christian Academy for the third straight year — and posted a 12-7 record overall.

Youngs, who owns a painting company in Cayucos, laid out his training strategy this season, which involves “a lot of running, every practice.”

He wants his players to be strong in the fourth quarter, and the only way that can happen is by emphasizing fitness and running in every practice, he stated.