Top recruiter Young in mix for spot on Heath's staff
Former Georgia Southern head coach Charlton Young, touted as a top recruiter as an assistant at Georgia Tech and Auburn, is in the mix for one of the openings on Stan Heath's men's basketball staff at USF.
"I'm definitely seriously considering coming to South Florida," Young said Sunday night by phone from Statesboro. "I'm looking at three or four other situations also."
Young, 41, has already talked with Heath and said he hopes to return to visit Tampa with his wife before any decision is made. He spent four seasons at his alma mater, Georgia Southern, going 43-84 before being fired in March. His teams went 29-34 in the last two seasons, with a win at Virginia Tech this past season.
Young, born in Miami, thrived as a recruiter in stops at Auburn and Georgia Tech -- he got to know Heath when he was a Tigers assistant and Heath was the head coach at Arkansas. While at Georgia Tech, he signed the nation's No. 1 recruit in Derrick Favors, who went on to be the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft and is now with the Utah Jazz.
Heath has two full-time assistants to replace in Eric Skeeters and Andy Hipsher, as well as a new director of basketball operations to replace Reggie Hanson. Young's reputation as a recruiter would fill much of Skeeters' role on the staff, but his head coaching experience -- much like Bulls associate head coach Steve Roccaforte -- would bring something to the team as well.
Heath will have a mostly new coaching staff and as many as seven newcomers on the roster as the Bulls play their first season in the American Athletic Conference, which is comprised of the football-playing members of this year's Big East.