DURHAM, N.C. – When compiling her first coaching staff with the Blue Devils, head coach Marissa Young didn’t have to venture far from her roots to fill the vacant spot of volunteer assistant coach. That position was earmarked for her father, Robert.
“Coach Robert on the staff is really a dream come true for me,” Marissa Young said. “Life goes full circle. He spent so much of his life giving everything he had to me and making a ton of sacrifices to get me to where I was as a collegiate student-athlete and now as a professional. I wouldn’t be here without his help and support. Now having him here as a part of what I’m doing is really amazing.”
After training his younger brother to a professional career that included a stint in Major League Baseball, Robert Young, who specializes in instructional training of batting and defensive fundamentals, has spent over 30 years coaching softball. He has directed four squads to ASA national championships while coaching dozens of young women to the college level, including multiple collegiate All-America selections.
The elder Young’s primary responsibilities include assisting with the outfielders and overall team defensive strategy.