Former Minnesota head coach Geoff Young takes over Purdue men's tennis program

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Purdue men's tennis coach Geoff Young
Purdue men's tennis coach Geoff Young

WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue has landed a former Big Ten head coach to oversee its men's tennis program.

Geoff Young was the head coach at Minnesota for 15 years before the university cut the program during the pandemic. Young spent last season as the men's associate head coach at the University of Central Florida.

"It feels like a great fit for me and Purdue," Young said in a statement announcing his hire. "This department has everything I value in a tennis program. I want to continue coaching, and I feel like I have a lot to contribute with the years I have left. I'm excited to take advantage of this opportunity and help take this program to places it hasn't been before."

Young is the 10th head coach in program history and replaces Pawel Gajdzik, who spent 13 years with the Boilermakers before the two mutually agreed on a leadership change.

The Boilermakers finished 9-15 this spring, the fourth losing season in the last five years. Over the last five years, Purdue is just 8-40 in Big Ten matches.

Young, who has over 289 career victories, led the Gophers to the NCAA tournament 10 times while at Minnesota.

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The native of Marion, Ohio, who was a two-time All-Big Ten Player at Northwestern, spent six seasons as the head coach at the University of Denver posting an overall record of 71-68. Young served as an assistant men's coach at the University of Alabama for three seasons.

"If I can recruit players with great attitudes who love tennis, then we will be able to develop these players to the top level of college tennis," Young was quoted in his bio on gophersports.com. "Doubles is an area we must excel if we are going to reach our goals. Therefore, we practice doubles nearly every day.

"My philosophy is to take each player's strengths and weaknesses and develop their game accordingly so their strengths are maximized and their weaknesses are minimized. Our focus will be on trying to really get better and have a great spirit about ourselves and our own identity during matches. The wins and losses will take care of themselves in a positive light if we are able to accomplish this team spirit."

Mike Carmin covers Purdue sports for the Journal & Courier. Email mcarmin@gannett.com and follow on Twitter and Instagram @carmin_jc

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