Stony Brook finishes 2012-13 season with program-best 25-8 record.
Seawolves look to move one step closer to Madison Square Garden and the NIT Final Four.
Seawolves advance to play Iowa in the second round Friday on ESPNU.
Seawolves seek their first-ever national postseason tournament victory.
Seawolves earn their third postseason bid in the last four seasons and will play Minutemen on ESPN3.
Jay Young recently finished his eighth season on Steve Pikiell's staff. Named an assistant coach in June 2005, Young was promoted to associate head coach in August 2009. Since his promotion, Stony Brook has gone 84-45 and has won three America East regular season championships and earned three NIT appearances.In the last two seasons alone with Young on staff, Stony Brook has gone 47-18 overall and 28-4 in America East. The 28 conference wins over the last two seasons and the 49 over the last four seasons rank first in the nine-team league.
Young is responsible for all aspects of the Stony Brook program, including serving as the team's defensive coordinator and frontcourt developer, recruiting, working with the program budget, scouting and film.
Young's efforts on the defensive end have helped Stony Brook earn a reputation for being one of the stingiest defensive teams in the country. In 2012-13, Stony Brook's defense finished sixth in the nation in field goal percentage allowed, holding opponents to 37.8 percent shooting, and 13th in the nation in scoring defense (57.5 PPG). Ten times, Stony Brook held its opponent under 50 points, including a season-low 37 against Binghamton Jan. 9, 2013. In 2011-12, the Seawolves were 13th in the country in scoring defense (59.1 PPG) and fourth in rebounding margin (+8.3). In 2010-11, Stony Brook was ninth in the country in field goal defense (.390) and 15th in scoring defense (60.4 PPG).
Young's efforts with the forwards have led to the Seawolves earning multiple All-America East honors. One of his best mentoring jobs was forward Dallis Joyner, an All-America East center who finished his career second in Stony Brook's Div. I history in rebounding. He also was responsible for the recruitment and development of 6-8 center Jameel Warney, who was the 2013 America East Rookie of the Year and a second-team All-America East selection after leading the Seawolves in scoring and finishing fifth in the country in field goal percentage (.618).
In his over 20 years as coach, Young is no stranger to winning. Over the course of his career, he has been to two NCAA postseason tournaments at the Division III & Division II levels, one NCAA Division I tournament and an appearance at the Junior College Final Four.
Young came to Stony Brook from the University of New Haven, where he quickly turned around a program that produced just one winning season in the previous eight years into one of the most competitive programs in the region. Young guided the Chargers to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances (2002-03, 2003-04) for the first time since the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons, returning the University of New Haven program to regional prominence while playing in one of the strongest conferences in the nation.
In 2003-04, UNH posted its second straight 21-win season, going 21-9 overall and 17-7 in New York Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Chargers posted four consecutive winning seasons, compiling a .607 winning percentage and a 47-25 mark in three seasons of conference play. In 2004-05, Young's squad closed his final season with a flourish, winning 11 of its final 13 games and becoming the first No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in NYCAC tournament play. In five seasons at New Haven, Young posted a record of 78-66.
Prior to New Haven, Young served as an assistant at Northeastern University for four seasons dating back to 1996. His responsibilities included traditional game day and practice duties,along with recruiting responsibilities. That was his second stint with the Huskies as he served as a graduate assistant at NU under Karl Fogel from 1990-92. After finishing his graduate assistantship with the Huskies, Young accepted the position of head coach at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass. where he remained for four seasons before returning to Northeastern.
In his second season at Newbury, the Knights won the Southern New England Athletic Conference and finished second for the Region XXI Division III title. The following season he led Newbury to the conference and regional championship and the National Junior College Final Four. He was named the District VI Coach of the Year in 1995 and Region XXI Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1995.
Young graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Marist in 1986. He began his coaching career at Fitchburg State as an assistant in 1987-88. Following Fitchburg, Young joined the staff at Salem State College under and worked two seasons (1988-90) as an assistant coach under Jim Todd. Todd is currently an assistant coach for the New York Knicks. The Vikings won consecutive MASCAC titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Division III tournament.
Young lives with his wife Janet.