Harry Young
Young pictured in The Colonial Echo 1918, William & Mary yearbook
Date of birth: March 8, 1893
Place of birth: Charleston, West Virginia
Date of death: September 24, 1977(1977-09-24) (aged 84)
Place of death: Richmond, Virginia
Career information
Position(s): HB
College: Washington and Lee University
Marshall University
College Football Hall of Fame

Harry K. "Cy" Young (March 8, 1893 – September 24, 1977), a native of Charleston, West Virginia, attended three colleges and participated in the athletic programs of all three.

In 1910–11, Young matriculated to Marshall College (now Marshall University), where he played varsity football, track & field, and baseball. He attended the University of Michigan where he played for the junior varsity football team for one year, and then transferred to Washington & Lee University, where he was a four-sport player, lettering 16 times.

During his football career at Washington & Lee, Young led the team in scoring four straight years and served as captain of the team in 1916. At that time, W&L played such powerhouses as Army, Navy, Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina and Cornell.

Young’s basketball career equaled his football, playing four years at Washington & Lee where he led the team in scoring three of the four years, serving as captain in 1915. The Helms Foundation selected him in 1917 as an All-American basketball player.

Young’s baseball career also covered a four-year period whereby he led the team in runs scored and in stolen bases each of the four years. He was captain of the 1917 team.

Young was also head coach for the William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team for the 1917–18 season.[1] He produced a 6-11 record during that time.[1] Young also coached the football team in 1907 and finished 3–5.

Cy Young’s track record also covered a span of four years where he ran the 100 and 220-yard dashes. He only lost one race during his college career and held many of the school’s track records some of which still stand.

Following his playing days, he served in the Army in World War I, 1917–18. Later in life, he returned to athletics, coaching baseball at William & Mary College (1930–33) and basketball at Washington & Lee (1934–39). He retired as Washington & Lee Alumni Secretary in 1958.

Young was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1958 and to the West Virginia Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1966. He is also an inductee of the Marshall University[2] and Washington & Lee University halls of fame.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
William & Mary Indians (Independent) (1917)
1917 William & Mary 3–5
Total: 3–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


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