MORE from our HomeTeam writers.
Longtime Gulf High School fixture Jerry Young, who had his No. 10 baseball jersey retired during a preseason baseball tournament in 2009, officially had his uniform placed on the school's wall of fame inside the front office in a ceremony today.
Young, who served at Gulf for 35 years as a football (29 years), baseball (26 years) and girls golf (four years) coach, retired two years ago from the school. He won more than 300 baseball games at Gulf during his tenure, which is acknowledge by a plaque that accompanies the jersey.
"It's very nice of (Gulf principal Dr. Steve) Knobl and (athletic director Travis) DeWalt to do this for me," Young said. "I feel very honored.
Young first came to Gulf as a 25-year old graduate of Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., in 1974 as an assistant on the football staff of Jim Riser, who, at the time, had just been hired as the Buccaneers head football coach. Young spent 25 seasons as a Gulf football assistant and was promoted to head coach for four seasons.
Knobl and DeWalt said that Young's number is the first to be retired in the school's history.
The plaque inside the framed jersey notes that Young was also one of the founders for Gulf's annual alumni golf tournament, which has raised over $100,000 for the school's general athletic fund.