Jeff Young 1979-2015
Jeff Young 1979-2015
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND COACH
For more than 30 years, Jeff Young embodied Stevenson’s commitment to athletic excellence and true sportsmanship. As athletics director, football and lacrosse coach, mentor, and colleague, he taught students how to work together, compete with grit and determination, and show respect for one’s self and others in both victory and defeat.
Jeff’s contributions extend far beyond what could be measured in wins or titles. Among other things, he was instrumental in the advancement of lacrosse in Northern California and the Condor League; he led the Stevenson lacrosse program to ten league titles; and he remains a member of the National Federation High School (NFHS) Lacrosse Rules Committee. Under Jeff’s leadership, the Pirates won the school’s only football league title in 2000. He created the first full-time athletic trainer position at the school to help strengthen athletes and reduce injury, and supported the much needed swimming pool renovation in 2012. The school added five varsity girls’ sports teams (golf, water polo, soccer, lacrosse, and swimming) during this time period.
Prior to his tenure at Stevenson, Jeff attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in physical education and played football and lacrosse. He earned a master’s degree at West Chester University in Pennsylvania while employed at the University of Delaware as a freshmen football coach, and later as the business manager in the athletic department.
Ever the adventurers, in 1976, Jeff and his wife, Beth—an equally inspiring presence in the lives of students and faculty—accepted a position at Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt, where Jeff served as a PE teacher and athletics director, and Beth as the second grade teacher. This appointment was followed by a year at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, where he taught PE and coached freshman football, varsity wrestling, and lacrosse. Jeff and Beth arrived at Stevenson in 1979.
Jeff has earned many recognitions over this long career including being named the Don L. Dormer Coach's Award recipient in 2009. This award annually recognizes a coach who teaches, cajoles, and inspires his team to reach their greatest potential while developing a true appreciation of the sport regardless of the team’s final record. This past winter, the school honored Jeff and Beth by naming the new world-class lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer field complex the Jeff and Beth Young Athletic Fields.