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Kurt Young

KY ELITE- Owner/Hopewell High School Basketball Coach


I am a proven winner that has a wide variety of experiences.  These experiences have allowed me to be successful in numerous circumstances.  These experiences coupled with my work ethic, competitiveness, attention to detail, relentlessness, morals, integrity, drive, emotional and social IQ, and strategic thinking will allow me to be successful in Pharmaceutical Sales.  I have been selling for over 20 years in one of the most competitive business and proven myself to be a successful leader and producer on a daily basis.  

Work experience


Head Boy's Basketball Coach/Instructor

Hopewell High School

Highlights:  Virginia State Runner-Up.  Lost in Championship game at buzzer in OT to #106 Nationally Ranked (#1 Virginia Ranked) 29-1 Norcom.  Virginia East Region Runner-Up (Norcom), Conference 26 Champions, Conference 26 Coach of Year,  23-6 record.  This was done with no All-State basketball players and only 1 All-Region player.  11 out of 15 players had no varsity experience with only 2/5 playing any substantial minutes.  First State Final Appearance since 1996.  Increased attendance and media coverage dramatically.  Recognized by City Council for contributions to community.  Negotiating a strategic partnership with a shoe/apparel company.

Duties:  Responsible for all aspects of programs including but not limited to:  recruiting, basketball systems, staff and player management, fundraising, marketing, compliance, budgeting, equipment procurement, travel, public relations. Classroom instructor.  Various other duties related to running a high school athletic program.  



KY Elite

Highlights:  KY ELITE is a company that develops basketball players in individual, group, and team settings.  Also, KY ELITE provides leadership mentoring and training.  Athletic consulting and speaking engagements are among the services that we provide  to athletes, coaches, and programs. 

Duties:  As owner, I am responsible for all aspects of running a successful business.  This includes selling value proposition and networking with potential clients and sponsors.  Travel planning and budgeting.  Development of staffing.  Cold-calling and prospecting.  Development of long term relationships with decision makers.  Procurement of facilities and resources.  


Director of Basketball

Custom College Recruiting

Highlights:  Helped lay the ground  work for an agreement with Basketball Australia.  Advised on CRM and website development.

Duties:  Evaluation and ranking of all basketball prospects.  Responsible for individual and corporate sales.  Development of all basketball materials.  Speaking engagements.  Establishment of camps and clinics.  Assist with decision making process in all sports.  Help establish relationships in foreign countries, especially Australia and New Zealand.  


Head Assistant Basketball Coach

Northern Kentucky University

Highlights:  Multiple all-conference post and pre-season player selections.  Developed strategic game plans and defense for teams that lead NKU to the best winning record among any schools that had made transition from D2 to D1.    In my 5 seasons, I recruited  4 out of top 5 scoring leaders.  Increased win total each season of D2 along with return to NCAA tournament after my first season.  Eshaunte Jones was NKU's first all-conference selection in Atlantic Sun.  All of this with NKU not eligible for NCAA tournament.  Sold value proposition and networked with major donors to ensure continued and new financial support.  Negotiated new equipment and travel contracts.  Develop staff in matters of administration, office procedures, travel planning and negotiation, budgeting, and recruiting.

Duties:  Recruiting coordinator, defensive system coordinator, office coordinator, post player instruction, and travel coordinator.  Serve as a liaison with administration in all matters (especially compliance) .  Review and negotiate procurement vendor and policies.  Research and implement new technology including social media, scouting software, compliance software, and video editing.  Cultivation and development of new donors.  Team and recruiting travel planning.


Head Assistant Basketball Coach & Assistant Compliance Coordinator

Arkansas Tech University

Highlights:  Team that I recruited: 55-8 after 1 season of recruiting, 3 NCAA tourney appearances, 2 Region Semi-Finalist, 2 GSC Tournament Championships, 2 West Division Championships, multiple all-conference, all-region, and professional players.  Named one of top JC recruiters in Nation.  Numerous program first especially related to attendance and wins.  Development of strategic game plan along with basketball and office systems including but not limited to recruiting, travel, technology, and budget.  Sold value proposition and networked with current and new boosters to raise  $80,000 in new money to ATU basketball.  Negotiated non-conference scheduling.  Increased individual camp participation and profits by over 100%.  

Duties:  Recruiting coordinator.   Travel coordinator.  Office coordinator.  Compliance coordinator.  Assist with fundraising, marketing, new technology, liaison with administration, budget oversight,  player academics.  Representative of entire athletic department in dealing with NCAA including but not limited to:  appeals, rules interpretation & compliance among other duties as assigned.  Camp coordinator.


Head Assistant Basketball Coach & Assistant to Athletic Director

Hawaii Pacific University

Highlights:  Signed 2 players signed after arrival (July).  They were leading and 2nd leading scorers.  1st team all-conference selection and honorable mention all-conference.  Responsible for strategic development of basketball, office, and personnel, and travel systems.  Organization of insurance and travel policies of athletics.  

Duties:  Coordinator of basketball systems, recruiting, scouting, travel, office & staff,  alumni, and booster relations.  Budget oversight.  Scheduling.  For the athletic department my duties included:  coordinate travel for all programs, coordinate insurance, physicals, and various other forms; develop, cultivate, and research corporate sponsorship for equipment, travel, and marketing.  


Assistant Basketball Coach

Georgetown College

Highlights:  58-13 in 2 seasons.  NAIA Final Four.  NAIA Elite 8.  2 National Tournament appearances.  Nationally ranked (#3 final ranking).  Largest team camp in state (90+ teams).  Coached/recruited 4 All-Americans, numerous all-conference, and 10 professional players.  Responsible for team camp generating over $75,000 worth of revenue and breaking previous team record by 17 teams.  97 teams attended team camp in one session.   I was responsible for scheduling and planning for over 800 players and 30 staff members.

Duties:  Recruiting.  Team Camp coordinator.  Office Management.  Travel Coordinator.  Scouting Coordinator.  Assist with fundraising and alumni relations.  Eligibility and compliance.  Classroom instructor.  


Head Basketball Coach

Labette Community College

Highlights:  Best conference finish since 1960s.  National ranked in several statistical categories.  Jayhawk Academic Award Winner.  Coached/Recruited 6 all-conference players, 2 all-region players, and 10 professional players.  All sophomores had scholarship offers.  National and state media coverage on resurgence of program.

Duties:  Responsible for all aspects of programs including but not limited to:  recruiting, basketball systems, staff and player management, fundraising, marketing, compliance, budgeting, equipment procurement, travel, public relations. Classroom instructor.  Various other duties related to running a college athletic program.  


Head Basketball Coach

Thomas University

Highlights:  National Coach of Year Finalist.  Region Coach of Year.  42-22 record.  Top 2 seasons in program history.  Records for attendance for both season and game.  Program First:  1st 20 win season, 1st winning season, 1st playoff win, 1st home playoff game, 1st votes for National Ranking, 1st win vs Top 20 team, 1st team to finish ranked in National Statistic categories (scoring, steals, and 3 pt%).  

Duties:  Responsible for all aspects of programs including but not limited to:  recruiting, basketball systems, staff and player management, fundraising, marketing, compliance, budgeting, equipment procurement, travel, public relations.  Various other duties related to running a college athletic program.  


Assistant Basketball Coach

Northwestern State University

Highlights:  Recruiting class were core group of team that advanced to NCAA tourney 2 seasons later.  2nd place finish in Southland Conference (best up to that point).  Tied school's longest winning streak.  5 out of 5 seniors graduated, including scholar-athlete of year.  

Duties:  Recruiting coordinator.  Scouting coordinator.  Marketing & Fundraising coordinator.  Office coordinator.  Coordinator of Academics.    Player Well-Being coordinator.  Public Service coordinator.  Technology coordinator.


Assistant Basketball Coach

Tallahassee Community College

Highlights:  65-4 record.  2 time Panhandle Champions (23-1 record).  NJCAA National Tournament appearance.  Region 8 champions.  3 All-Americans.  8 all-conference players. 12 professional players.    

Duties:  Full-time assistant coach.  Scouting coordinator.  Recruiting.  Player academics and well-being.  Player development.  Camps.  Classroom instructor.



Master's Degree

Northern Kentucky University

Executive Leadership & Organizational Change


Bachelor of Arts

Morehead State University

Secondary Education:  Area of Concentration Social Sciences


Recruiting & Sales

Recruiting is sales.  You must convince a student-athlete, their family, and their support system that your school is the right place for them.  I have consistently signed players who were being recruited by bigger schools and situations by doing my research, being thorough, personable, persistent, and finding who the decision makers are.  This is what sales is!  I am able to develop strategic plans, execute them, and follow-up.  This also allow retention and new leads from my current "customers".  


In my two stops as a head coach, my programs broke all records for attendance both single game and season.  This was accomplished through community involvement, media relations, social media, game promotions, and speaking engagements.  Also, I have been involved in fundraising records as a head coach and assistant coach (most notably assisting in raising $80,000 in new money at Arkansas Tech).  This is done by selling value proposition, networking, integrity, and follow-up.

Scheduling & Travel Planning

As an administrator, assistant coach, and head coach I have done travel planning for multiple teams (buses, vans, flights, hotels, meals, etc.).    This includes securing travel contracts and making sure that we received the most value for our travel dollar.

In the realm of recruiting, I not only stayed under budget but was able to strategically plan to get see the most people as possible in the shortest time possible.  This allows for follow-ups on a more consistent basis, the development of new leads/business, and an opportunity to build stronger relationships with those you are calling on.

I was also responsible for scheduling not only games but also practices.  This includes times and facility uses along with scheduling support personnel and officials.

Technology & Office Organization

Every program that I have been associated with has tasked me with upgrading office and technology policies and procedures.  I have implemented numerous technology upgrades also.  Staying on top of technology has allowed me to be efficient and productive.  I am able to communicate and follow-up with more potential and current "clients" than others due to this.  

Budget management

I have managed budgets both as a coach and administrator.  This includes but not limited to:  equipment purchases, scholarship budget, travel, office supplies & equipment, payroll, insurance, and facility use.  I have also negotiated contracts for travel, insurance, and equipment.



FIBA Certified Coach

The International Basketball Federation
A FIBA Approved Coach is a  coach who is included in the list of coaches holding the highest grading by his/her national member federation (National Federation of the Country he/she is a legal citizen).   I am eligible to coach National and professional teams all over the world in International competition.