Bri Young to serve as volunteer assistant on Red Raider soccer staff
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Young, who spent her first two seasons on staff as a volunteer assistant coach, works closely with head coach Tom Stone on all the day-to-day aspects of the program, including team travel, scheduling and budget management among other duties.
Young, a former standout soccer athlete at Texas A&M, has helped lead the Red Raiders to two of their best seasons in program history during her tenure as Texas Tech made consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship while advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever in 2014.
The Red Raiders closed Young’s first season in 2013 with an 18-3 overall record that included an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Championship. Texas Tech’s 18 victories in Young’s first season marked the most in school history. The Red Raiders went undefeated in Big 12 play, going 6-0-2 against conference foes en route to a second-place finish in the league standings, their highest ever in program history.
Texas Tech enters the 2015 season coming off a banner year where the Red Raiders finished 16-4-1 overall after topping both Prairie View A&M (8-0) and Auburn (2-1) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship. Texas Tech came close to advancing to the Elite Eight as the Red Raiders overcame a two-goal deficit to No. 2 seed Florida before the Gators answered with the game-winner with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Texas Tech defeated three top-15 teams – No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 11 California and No. 9 Kansas – during the regular season en route to being the only team nationally to record three road victories over an opponent ranked in the top 25 of the final RPI poll. Texas Tech’s success away from home led the Red Raiders to earning a No. 3 national seed in the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history.
Young joined the Tech program after serving coaching roles at both Chaparral High School in Colorado and on three separate staffs within the Real Colorado organization, one of the top youth clubs in the nation.
Young, a native of Castle Pines North, Colorado, entered the coaching profession after a stellar career at Texas A&M where she earned both NSCAA All-American and All-Big 12 honors. The Aggies advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four seasons at A&M from 2008-11, while also claiming the Big 12 regular season title in 2010 and the conference tournament championship in 2011.
The talented midfielder was an All-Big 12 first team selection in 2010 and also garnered NSCAA All-America honors as well. Young was named a freshman first-team All-American and a third-team All-American by Soccer Buzz in 2008 while also earning All-Big 12 second team and All-Big 12 newcomer team accolades as well.
Young, who also played internationally as part of the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams, was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to her senior season which is presented annually to the top collegiate player in the country.
In addition to her success on the pitch, Young was also an Academic All-Big 12 first team selection as a senior. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2011 with a degree in sports management.