Robert Young joined the Duke staff in August of 2016 and serves as the program’s volunteer assistant coach. His primary responsibilities include assisting with the outfielders and overall team defensive strategy.
With Young's help, the Blue Devils captured 29 wins in their inaugural season, including 13 in conference play to earn the seventh seed in the 2018 ACC Tournament after being picked to finish last. Duke's 13 league wins were highlighted by four series victories, including the last three of the year. Young helped Duke to a sweep of Boston College in the first home ACC series in program history. The squad then added road series victories against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech before closing the ACC slate with a sweep of Virginia at home.
After training his younger brother to a professional career that included a stint in Major League Baseball, Young, who specializes in instructional training of batting and defensive fundamentals, has spent over 30 years coaching softball. He has directed five squads to ASA national championships while coaching dozens of young women to the college level, including multiple collegiate All-America selections.
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Young is the father of Duke head coach Marissa Young. He and his wife, Marcella, reside in Durham.