Charlton “C.Y.” Young

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Charlton “C.Y.” Young - Men's Basketball - Florida State Seminoles
Assistant Coach

Georgia Southern, 1994

(Updated August 2021)

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Charlton “CY” Young is in his ninth season as an assistant coach on Leonard Hamilton’s staff at Florida State. He became a member of Hamilton’s staff on June 4, 2013.

As one of the renowned coaches in college basketball, Young’s career at Florida State has risen concurrently with the Seminoles’ national profile. His coaching knowledge and incredible ability to teach the game has helped transform Florida State into one of the most dynamic teams in all of college basketball. Through his first eight seasons in Tallahassee, the Seminoles have been transformed into one of the most disciplined teams – both offensively and defensively – in the nation.

His coaching career includes a successful head coaching tenure at Georgia Southern (2010-13), where he helped the Eagles become one of the top programs in the Southern Conference, while simultaneously being only the twelfth coach in the program’s history. Young is in his 27th season as a coach at the collegiate level during the 2021-22 season, carrying an overall statistical career average with the Seminoles of .682 (181W-85L).

Young has been an assistant coach in seven different conferences including the ACC and the SEC. Due to his success with these teams, Young was named the No. 1 high major Division I minority assistant coach in college basketball by the Minority Coaches Association in 2021 and was a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award which is presented annually to the top Division I minority head coach in 2012.

In his first eight seasons at Florida State, Young has played a major role in helping the Seminoles win 181 games (an average of 22.7 games a season), 86 ACC games (an average of 10.8 conference wins per season) and play in six postseason tournaments including the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 NCAA Tournaments. Florida State is one of three teams in the nation that has played in the Sweet 16 of each of the last three NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Michigan) and is one of six teams in the nation that has won at least one game in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments (Florida State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, and Villanova, Florida).

Florida State has been ranked in the final national poll in each of the last five seasons (2017-21) and is one of only two teams in the ACC to be ranked in the final poll in each of those five seasons.

Young’s ability to identify and successfully recruit the nation’s top talent to Florida State is another significant factor as to why the Seminoles are in the national picture and contenders for the ACC Championship every year. He is a top-notch recruiter, as well as a coach, who can teach and coach the game as it is played by today’s superstar athletes. Young annually makes Florida State a big player for top-level recruits and his closing ability has helped the Seminoles land top-10 recruiting classes in each of his first eight seasons in Tallahassee. Young has helped recruit five of the most powerful classes in school history including the Seminoles’ 2015 class, which was ranked as the third best class in the nation and their 2021 class, which was ranked as the second best in the nation.

Young’s recruiting success is unmatched nationally since his arrival at Florida State. He has recruited four of Florida State’s seven NBA Draft first round picks including Scottie Barnes (1st Round 4th overall, 2021, Toronto Raptors), Patrick Williams (1st round, 4th overall, 2020, Chicago Bulls), Devin Vassell (1st round, 11th overall, 2020, San Antonio Spurs) and Malik Beasley (1st round, 19th overall, 2016, Denver Nuggets). Barnes and Williams are tied for the highest draft picks while Barnes, Williams and Vassell represent three of the six draft lottery selections in school history.

Young’s recruiting successes in the last eight seasons have enabled the Seminoles to chart a course for long-term winning in Tallahassee. The caliber of each player currently on Florida State’s roster, and those who have pledged to become Seminoles, will continue to help the program flourish now and into the future as it cemented itself as one of the top programs in college basketball.

With two NBA Draft picks at No. 4 in 2020 and 2021, Florida State is the only team in the nation with top-five picks in both the last two NBA Drafts. Including the two picks at No. 4 (Barnes and Williams) and the pick of Vassell at No. 11 in 2020, Florida State is the only team in the nation with three Draft Lottery picks in the last two NBA Drafts (2020 and 2021).

Florida State led the ACC in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage shooting and 3-point field goal percentage shooting in advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament during the 2021 season.

In 2020, Young helped lead Florida State to the ACC Championship, a 26-5 overall record and a school-record 16 wins in ACC play. The Seminoles finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final Associated Press poll – the highest final national ranking in school history. Two of his star recruits –Williams (No. 4 by the Chicago Bulls) and Vassell (No. 11 by the San Antonio Spurs) – became the first pair of players picked in the NBA Draft Lottery in school history. Trent Forrest became a member of the Utah Jazz – on draft night to begin his NBA career.

Two of his stars – Williams and Vassell – helped Florida State to the peak of college basketball in 2020 as most basketball experts picked the Seminoles to win the NCAA National Championship before the tournament was cancelled by the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. Before the worldwide shutdown, Young helped lead Florida State to the 2020 ACC Championship as the Seminoles won a school-record 16 ACC games. The Seminoles won the ACC Championship for the second time in school history and finished with a 26-5 overall record and a No. 4 national ranking. Florida State was on their way to earning one of the highest NCAA Tournament seeds.

In 2019, he helped Florida State to a school-record 29 overall wins, 13 ACC wins, six wins over nationally ranked teams, the third appearance in school history in the ACC Tournament championship game and to a second consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Coupled with the Seminoles’ appearance in the Elite Eight of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the 2019 season marked only the second time in school history that Florida State had advanced to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons.

Young’s coaching talents were illustrated during the 2018 season as Florida State advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993 and for only the third time in school history. The Seminoles finished with a 23-12 record, a 9-9 mark in ACC play, won the Jamaica Classic and played in the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and for the sixth time in the last 10 years. Florida State was one of two ACC teams which advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, defeated a near school-record six nationally ranked teams and three teams seeded higher than them in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Young’s work as a player development coach lifted Florida State to a 26-9 overall record and a 12-6 record in the ACC in 2017. That season, the Seminoles won 26 games, 12 ACC games, finished in second place in the ACC standings, advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for only the fourth time in school history and earned a school record-tying No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

During the 2017 season, Young coached Florida State during its incredible early ACC season run that saw the Seminoles win five of six consecutive games against nationally ranked teams. The Seminoles played and defeated No. 11 Virginia (60-58, Dec. 31), No. 21 Virginia Tech (93-78, Jan, 7), No. 7 Duke (88-72, Jan, 10), No. 15 Notre Dame (83-80, Jan. 18) and No. 12 Louisville (73-68, Jan. 21) in one of the greatest six-game spans in school and ACC history. Florida State’s 5-1 record during this six-game stretch is the best in league history by any ACC team against six consecutive nationally ranked teams.

During his first eight seasons at Florida State, he helped coach the Seminoles to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (2018), the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament (2017 and 2021), has coached six NBA first round Draft selections (Malik Beasley in 2016, Jonathan Isaac in 2017, Mfiondu Kabengele in 2019, Patrick Williams, 2020, Devin Vassell in 2020 and Scottie Barnes in 2021), 14 All-ACC selections, and five All-ACC Freshman team selections.

Young was instrumental in the recruitment and development of talented forward Dwayne Bacon. Bacon emerged as one of the top players in all of college basketball during his two-year career at Florida State. He led the Seminoles in scoring in both of his two seasons in Tallahassee, earned Freshman All-American and All-ACC Second Team honors, and led the Seminoles to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Bacon was part of the season-long rotation for the Charlotte Hornets during his first season in the NBA.

Young tutored and mentored Terance Mann during his four-year career as one of the top players in the history of the Seminole program. Mann graduated from Florida State as a member of the winningest senior class in school history and was the 48th overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Mann was an integral part of the Clippers’ 2021 NBA playoff run as he scored 39 points against Utah (and former Seminole Trent Forrest) in the Western Conference semifinals.

As a coach and a player at the highest levels of college basketball during his career, Young has developed a shining reputation as an outstanding person in the coaching profession. He has crafted his reputation through hard work, a stellar eye for talent and the incredible ability to help each player he coaches become the best they can be at everything they want to accomplish – both on and off of the basketball court. As a player, he was an all-conference performer who played professionally. As a coach, he has made it his mission to help the players he coaches achieve the same lofty goals.

Prior to his arrival in Tallahassee, Young spent four seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern. Under his leadership, the Eagles won 15 games during the 2012 season – more wins than it had earned in any of the five previous seasons and won 29 games in his final two seasons. He led the Eagles to success in the Southern Conference as they won 12 conference games during the 2011-12 season to tie the school record for Southern Conference wins in a single season. Young coached five players who earned All-Southern Conference honors including two (Willie Powers in 2010 and Eric Ferguson in 2012) who earned all-conference first team honors.

A 1994 graduate of Georgia Southern, Young led the Eagles to the 1992 Trans America Athletic Conference Championship – only the third conference championship in school history. The Eagles made the third NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 1992 playing Oklahoma State at the Omni in Atlanta, Ga.

Young was the head coach at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, from 2010-13 where he led the Eagles to the same success as their head coach as he did as a star player at the school from 1990-93. The Eagles were collectively and individually successful during his four seasons as the head coach at the Statesboro, Ga., school. He led the Eagles to a second place finish in the Southern Conference standings in 2012 as the team earned the second-best turnaround in league history. For his efforts, he was honored as the Southern Conference Coach of the Year by multiple publications (including and was a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award which is presented annually to the top Division I minority head coach. Young coached five All-Southern Conference selections including Willie Powers (all-conference third team in 2010) and Eric Ferguson (all-conference first team in 2013, all-conference first-team and All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 2012 and the All-Freshman team in 2011). The selections of Powers and Ferguson to the all-conference team in 2013 marked the first time since 2007 that multiple Georgia Southern players had earned all-conference accolades in the same season. In 2013, he coached the Eagles to a victory over Virginia Tech for the first win in program history over a team from the ACC.

Known for his exceptional ability to recruit and develop the nation’s best talent, Charlton Young has demonstrated success as a head coach, an assistant coach and a player. C.Y. had a legendary Hall of Fame career at Georgia Southern and has shown that he is ready, willing and able to show young men the blueprint. It only makes sense that the former McDonald’s All-American would be able to recruit and mentor the best young talent in the country,” said Justin Brantley of the Brantley Method.

Young’s recruiting roots run deep and his list of recruiting success runs long during his career on the Division I level. The Seminoles’ recruiting class in 2015 (his first full class at Florida State) was ranked third nationally by and included Malik Beasley, a first round pick of the Denver Nuggets in the 2016 NBA Draft. His 2016 class at Florida State included one of the top ranked high school players in school history in Jonathan Isaac, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. The Seminoles’ 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 4 nationally. The Seminoles’ current class (John Butler, Matthew Cleveland, Naheem McLeod and Jalen Warley) was ranked as the No. 2 class in all of college basketball. His first recruiting class at Auburn (2001) was ranked as the nation’s third best by His 2010 recruiting class (his first full class at Georgia Southern) was ranked as the sixth best nationally and the best in the Southern Conference and among mid-majors by His first class at Georgia Tech (2006) was ranked as the nation’s seventh best by Dave Telep of and his only recruiting class at Northeastern (2000) is still considered to be the best in school history.

While an assistant at Georgia Tech, Young recruited and signed Derrick Favors – the nation’s No. 1 recruit. Favors was the No. 3 overall selection by the New Jersey Nets in the 2010 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Utah Jazz. In his only season at Georgia Tech, Favors was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team as he averaged 12.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and shot .611 from the field. Young also recruited Iman Shumpert (a current member of the Sacramento Kings who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals) to the Atlanta-based ACC school. Shumpert was a member of the Cavaliers 2016 NBA World Championship team. Young also helped recruit Thaddeus Young (the 12th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers) and Javaris Crittenton (the 19th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers) to Georgia Tech while he was an assistant with the Yellow Jackets. Young is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers. He recruited 5-star guard and McDonald’s All-American Dwayne Bacon to Florida State in 2015. Bacon was the only 5-star player to sign at an ACC school other than Duke for the 2015-16 season. Bacon earned ACC All-Freshman team honors and was named the ACC Rookie of the Week a school-record five times in his first season as a Seminole. Young was with Bacon at the Barclays Center when he was selected in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He recruited Malik Beasley to play at Florida State. Beasley, the first one-and-done player in school history, was selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft and is in his third season as member of the Denver Nuggets. Young recruited and coached Terance Mann for four seasons at Florida State – Mann was the second round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2019 NBA Draft. Two of his most recent prized recruits (Patrick Williams in 2020 and Scottie Barnes in 2021 were both the No. 4 overall selections in their respective NBA Drafts after “One and Done” careers in Tallahassee.

Young was an assistant coach at Jacksonville (1997-99) under Head Coach Hugh Durham, a Hall of Fame coach in Florida State basketball history. With Young on the staff, the Dolphins improved their overall and conference win totals in both years he worked with the legendary Florida State Hall of Fame member who took the Seminoles to the championship game of the 1972 NCAA Tournament against basketball legend John Wooden and UCLA.

Young is a native of Miami, Fla., where he began to make a name for himself at Carol City High School. He led the Chiefs to a state championship as a junior and earned a nomination for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team as a senior. Young was part of the Carol City teams that earned a 66-7 record (.904 winning percentage) during his junior and senior seasons.

In four years as an assistant coach under Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech (2006-09) he helped coach the Yellow Jackets into the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and to seven victories over ranked teams. Included in the Jackets’ victories over ranked teams were wins over No. 4 ranked Wake Forest on January 31, 2009, No. 8 North Carolina on March 1, 2007 and No. 11 Duke on January 10, 2007. During his career at Georgia Tech, he helped develop the careers of eight players who have or who are playing in the NBA including first round draft choices Thaddeus Young, Derrick Favors, Iman Shumpert and second round picks Gani Lawal and Glen Rice, Jr.

Young was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga during the 2004-05 season where he earned success as a coach on the collegiate level. The Mocs won the North Division championship of the Southern Conference, won the Southern Conference Championship and played in the schools’ first NCAA Tournament since 1997 in his only season at Chattanooga in 2005.

Young helped build Auburn into one of the top programs in the SEC during two different and very successful stretches with the Tigers (1994-97 and 2000-04). During his time at Auburn, he helped recruit Chris Porter and Marquis Daniels to the Plains. Porter was a second round pick of the Golden State Warriors in 2000 while Daniels was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks in 2003. Porter led Auburn to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2000 while Daniels led the Tigers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2003.

Young was an assistant coach at Northeastern for one season (2000) where he worked with Marcus Blossom, one of the top 10 scorers in school history. Blossom earned all-conference honors in the America East during Young’s only season with the Huskies. He is currently the Director of Athletics at the College of the Holy Cross.

One of the greatest players in Georgia Southern history, Young is one of only 14 players in school history to score more than 1,500 career points (13th, 1,517 career points) and still has his name etched prominently in the Georgia Southern record book. One of the greatest shooters in school history, Young is still the school’s career leader in 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.409), is ranked fifth in career free throw shooting percentage (.781) and shot nearly .460 from the field during his four-year varsity letter winning career. More than 25 years after his playing career ended in 1993, Young is still ranked in the top-10 for career assists (second, 530), career 3-point field goals made (fifth, 241), career 3-point field goals attempted (seventh, 589), career steals (eighth, 162), and career field goals made (tied for 12th, 533). He led the Eagles with a career high 17.1 points per game scoring average as a senior in 1993, led the team in 3-point field goals made three times (1991, 1992 and 1993) and led the team in assists each of his four seasons as the Eagles’ starting point guard. Young was Georgia Southern’s leader in points scored (479), points per game (17.1 ppg), 3-point field goals made (93), 3-point field goals attempted (225), 3-point field goal percentage (.413), free throw percentage (.754), steals (52) and assists (143) during his senior season (1992-93).

Young was a three-time all-conference selection at the point guard position in two different leagues during his four years on the varsity at Georgia Southern (1990-93). He earned all-conference second team honors in the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1991 and 1992 and all-conference first team honors in the Southern Conference during his senior season in 1993. Young was named the Most Valuable Player of the TAAC Tournament in 1992 as he led the Eagles to one of three conference championships in school history. He is one of only two players in school history to earn conference tournament MVP honors. The Eagles’ victory over Georgia State in the 1992 TAAC Tournament propelled Georgia Southern into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament for only the third time in school history. Young was recognized as a Basketball Legend by the Southern Conference during the Southern Conference Tournament in 1995.

Young is one of 29 players in school history who has been inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame at Georgia Southern. He was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Young played professionally in France in 1994 before returning to Georgia Southern to earn his degree in broadcasting.

Young, 50, and his wife, Carolyn, have four children: daughters Ariel and Audia, and sons Isaiah and Nehemiah. Carolyn is a two-time Kodak All-American selection who led Auburn to a pair of Final Four appearances during her career. At Auburn she was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1991 and played for the Portland Fire of the WNBA. She was a member of the 1992 United States Olympic National Team that won the Bronze Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Ariel is currently a junior member of the women’s basketball team at the University of North Carolina.

Charlton Young’s Coaching Record
Head Coaching Record

Year School Overall Record ConferenceRecord Accomplishments
2009-10 Georgia Southern 9-23 6-12 Southern Conference Top Recruiting Class in Southern Conference
2010-11 Georgia Southern 5-27 1-17 Southern Conference Coached and developed Southern Conference All-Freshman team member
2011-12 Georgia Southern 15-15 12-6 Southern Conference Southern Conference Coach of the Year
2012-13 Georgia Southern 14-19 7-11 Southern Conference Victory over Virginia Tech for first win in school history over an ACC team


Assistant Coaching Record

Year School Overall Record Conference Record Accomplishments
1996-97 Auburn 16-15 6-10 SEC UAB Holiday Hoopfest Champions
1997-98 Jacksonville 8-19 6-12 Sun Belt Helped improve overall and conference win total by 20 percent
1998-99 Jacksonville 12-15 7-9 Atlantic Sun Helped improve overall win total by 38 percent
1999-00 Northeastern 7-21 5-13 America East Highest ranked recruiting class in school history
2000-01 Auburn 18-17 7-9 SEC NIT 2nd Round
2001-02 Auburn 12-16 4-12 SEC Victories over nationally ranked Alabama and Georgia
2002-03 Auburn 22-16 8-8 SEC NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
2003-04 Auburn 14-14 5-11 SEC Victory over nationally ranked LSU
2004-05 UT Chattanooga 20-11 10-6 Southern Conference NCAA Tournament 1st Round; Southern Conference Champions
2005-06 Georgia Tech 11-17 4-12 ACC Victories over nationally ranked Boston College and NC State
2006-07 Georgia Tech 20-12 8-8 ACC NCAA Tournament 1st Round
2007-08 Georgia Tech 15-17 7-9 ACC Victory over nationally ranked Clemson
2008-09 Georgia Tech 12-19 2-14 ACC Victory over No. 6 ranked Wake Forest
2013-14 Florida State 22-14 9-9 ACC NIT Semifinals
2014-15 Florida State 17-16 8-10 ACC Defeated No. 23 Miami (Fla.)
2015-16 Florida State 20-14 8-10 ACC NIT 2nd Round
2016-17 Florida State 26-9 12-6 ACC NCAA Tournament 2nd Round
2017-18 Florida State 23-12 9-9 ACC NCAA Tournament West Regional Finals
2018-19 Florida State 29-8 13-5 ACC NCAA Tournament West Regional Semifinals
2019-20 Florida State 25-6 16-4 ACC ACC Champions
2020-21 Florida State 18-7 11-4 ACC NCAA Tournament Sweet 16