Ex-Boyd-Buchanan Star New Volleyball Coach At Christ Presbyterian

Alex Scruggs Young Also Played At David Lipscomb University

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville has selected Alex Scruggs Young as volleyball coach. Young will begin her duties in the 2014 season.

Young currently is a full-time teacher in the CPA Preschool, and we are honored to have her join the coaching staff.

"I am excited to start this new journey as head varsity volleyball coach here at CPA,” Young said. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to build on this growing program with volleyball skills and life lessons to help the girls be successful in whatever they do."

Young was a standout player at Boyd-Buchanan School in Chattanooga and David Lipscomb University in Nashville.

“Alex Young is truly one of the hardest-working and high-character individuals that I have come across,” Lipscomb coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “She continues to impress me even after her playing days at Lipscomb University. Alex is a genuine and kind soul that will coach with compassion and fairness. She will also push the young women of CPA to achieve their set goals and play at the highest level of high-school volleyball.”

Young was a member of Lipscomb’s first team to reach the NCAA tournament.

“Alex possesses a ‘won’t quit’ attitude and no doubt she will bring that to her coaching position as she does with the rest of her life,” Rosenthal said. “I am truly excited for her, and CPA’s volleyball future is very bright.

Scruggs Young chose Lipscomb because she wanted to be part of a volleyball program that was on the move. She was a key figure in helping the program grow, capping her senior season with the Lady Bisons winning their first-ever Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship and making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in Dayton, Ohio.

CPA preschool director Kelly Fuller said, "Alex Young is positive, kindhearted, energetic, and a natural leader. I know she will bring all of those traits to the CPA volleyball team. I have no doubt that under her leadership the players and the team will thrive and grow."

Young, originally from Chattanooga, Tenn., is married to Jerry Young and has resided in Nashville since graduating from Lipscomb has this to say about her opportunity to coach volleyball at CPA

Young doesn’t miss many home matches of the Lady Bisons, and she took some time to talk with Lipscombsports.com about her experience at the University. Here are some highlights from the interview to help introduce coach Young:

What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?

I played volleyball from 2004-2008. I was the first recruit for coach Rosenthal. I loved the family aspect of it. I loved that it was a program that was up and coming. I wanted to help take it to the next level.

What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
Our winning our first A-Sun championship and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time are the top memories. There were five of us who were honored on `Senior Night’ and the program meant a lot to us. The two weeks after that were a blur. We beat Belmont for the first time, won the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship for the first time and then played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. It was pretty exciting.

Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
The most influential person for me was Ann Mullins, our libero. She was that teammate that pushed you so hard to do the extra stuff.  But she was also the first person to pick you up if you needed it. She made you want to play your hardest. Everyone needs to have an Ann Mullins on the team. She was a great teammate and she is a great friend. She got us motivated for the three years she was with us.

What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
I enjoyed spending time with people, both athletes and non-athletes, in the student center. I’m still friends with a lot of people I met here in college. We would go to the student center to eat, to talk between classes and to visit after chapel. For those of us who were athletes, it was a time for us to let loose.

What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
Coach Rosenthal always used to tell us to be early in order to be on time. I still have that little voice inside of my head reminding me of that. He also taught us to not make excuses for not doing something if we were able to do it.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)


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