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Austin Young was hired as the head coach of the Johns Hopkins women's fencing program in July 2009 after six seasons as the head coach of the Blue Jay men's program. The 2017-18 season will mark his nine as the head of the women's program and 15th with the men.

In his first season with the women, Young guided the Blue Jays to a 13-11 record and the program's first ever conference title in the 2010 Eastern Women's Fencing Conference championship. He coached five Blue Jays to All-EWFC honors in 2010 and Lauren Chinn and Marion Trumbull each won individual EWFC titles. He then led the Blue Jays to a 17-8 record in 2010-11, the second most wins in program history, and JHU's second straight conference title. Hopkins also finished second at the NIWFA Championship, claiming the Army Trophy as the top Division III team at the championship. Five fencers earned All-EWFC honors, Jackie Heath claimed the EWFC Foil title and Young was honored as the Coach of the Year at the 2011 championship.

Young led the Blue Jays to a 14-5 record and their third consecutive EWFC title in 2011-12. In addition, Katherine Simeon captured the EWFC Sabre crown, the first of her two consecutive titles. In 2012-13, Hopkins eclipsed the 15-win mark for the second time in Young's four-year tenure as JHU went 15-7 and once again claimed the EWFC Championship with an undefeated record. Simeon took home her second EWFC Sabre title while Rachel Viqueira joined her on the podium with the EWFC Foil crown.

In 2013-14, Young guided Hopkins to 16-7 campaign as well as the program's fifth consecutive EWFC crown. Katherine Couch became the first Blue Jay in five years to win the Epee crown while Isabella So was the third straight Hopkins fencer to win the Sabre title. In all, six fencers earned All-EWFC honors. A youthful team went 9-13 last season and finished second at the EWFC Championship. Five Blue Jays earned all-conference honors, led by Couch who earned Fencer of the Year honors for the Epee for the second straight year.

The Blue Jays went just 14-14 in 2015-16 and finished in second place at the EWFC Championship while seven fencers earned all-conference honors. Hopkins returned to the top of the conference last season as JHU captured its sixth EWFC Championship. Six Blue Jays earned All-EWFC honors, led by Erin Chen who was named Sabre Fencer of the Year. Hopkins won a school-record 23 dual-meets in 2016-17, besting the previous mark by four wins. Young became the winningest coach in program history with his 100th win on November 19, 2016 versus Navy. 

In 14 seasons at the helm of the men's program, Young has compiled a 258-138 (.652) record and is the second winningest coach in program history. The Blue Jays have posted 20 or more wins in seven of his 14 seasons, including a school-record tying 26 wins in 2007-08. Young has led Hopkins to six Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association (MACFA) titles (2005, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017). The Blue Jays have qualified for the NCAA National Championships four times under Young.

Prior to taking over the men's program in 2003, Young served as the owner and head coach of the Clinton Fencing Club in Lebanon, NJ for six years. His duties included planning and leading group practices for all skill levels and giving individual lessons in all three weapons.

Additionally, Young was an assistant men's fencing coach at Rutgers University during the 1997 through 1999 seasons. At Rutgers Young organized and led practices, gave individual lessons, recruited high school athletes, and organized all home meets. He helped lead the Scarlet Knights to ninth and 13th place finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Young is a 1996 graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in finance. He and his wife, Judy, reside in Baltimore with their son, Leo (7).

Young Year by Year
W-L Conference
2009-10 13-11 1st EWFC
2010-11 17-8 1st EWFC
2011-12 14-5 1st EWFC
2012-13 15-7 1st EWFC
2013-14 16-7 1st EWFC
2014-15 9-13 2nd EWFC
2015-16 14-14 2nd EWFC
2016-17 23-13 1st EWFC
Totals 121-78



Updated August 2017

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Austin Young

Austin  Young

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Rutgers '96

Contact Coach Young:
ayoung45@jhu.edu
410/340-6269

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