Nov. 12, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Ryan Young joins the Spartan men's tennis squad in his first season as an assistant coach in 2012-13. Young graduated from Clemson University in 2009, where he was a three-time captain and three-time All-ACC selection for the Tigers. Following his career at Clemson, Young toured on the professional circuit for five years and competed in over 20 different countries.
Head Coach Gene Orlando is looking forward to the additional help and inspiration that Young will bring to his team.
"We're very excited to have Ryan on board and it will be great to have another set of eyes working with the players and helping them to improve," Orlando said. "We were really patient with who we hired and he was exactly who we were looking for. Having someone that has had success at that level, for the players to see, is going to help them. It's real, and I think they all aspire to play at that level but if they don't have someone that has been there, it's harder to reach it."
His professional highlight came in Uzbekistan, where he defeated Denis Istomin, the 30th ranked player in the world at the time. Young's extended professional experience and success at the collegiate level will certainly help the Spartans as they prepare for the upcoming dual season.
"I think Coach Orlando has done a great job of building a foundation and all the guys seem to work very hard," Young said. "I'm excited to come in and help push the program further with some of the things I have learned through my experience playing. Playing professionally definitely gives you a mind set of taking tennis seriously as well as yourself, so I feel I will be able to help the guys out with that."
Young and the Spartans will make their dual season debut on Jan. 12, when they host a doubleheader against Wright State and Detroit.