Wildcats' new defensive coordinator returns home

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Feb. 26, 2008 - Sulphur Springs will have a new man calling the defensive signals on the gridiron next fall, and it's one who knows the Wildcats' legacy on that side of the ball.

Matt Young, a 1993 graduate of SSHS, was hired this month to take the place of Steve Hale, who left after two years to become head coach at Arlington Heights. Young was the head coach at Gainesville for two years. Before that, he was offensive coordinator at Denton Ryan and has a state championship in that position.

Young, a science teacher and track coach also, said the Wildcats will run the same 4-3 scheme they did last year, though there will be a few tweaks as there always is with a different coordinator.

"We're going to attack. We're going to come out of an even front, run to the football and let our players make plays," said Young. "It'll be similar to what we ran last year. We'll tweak it to fit what I believe in and what I know. But, it's still the same idea - fly to the football, play hard and be real sound up front."

The Wildcat defense will have to be adaptable because they will face such a diverse range of offenses next year, said head coach Greg Owens. About half of the teams on their schedule will run a spread offense, while the other half will line up in the split-back veer or traditional "I" formation.

"We'll make some tweaks and changes, which we were going to do anyway," Owens explained. "In today's football, the easiest thing for us to do is base out of a 4-3 and adjust from that."

Owens said Young's experience and background (his father, Tom Young, was also a coach at SSHS) will be valuable.

"I think he brings a lot to the table here, not just in football," Owens said. "He's been a head coach and a coordinator for a state championship. He's a got a pretty good pedigree when you look at where he's been and what he's done.

"He's a guy who wants to be in Sulphur Springs, and he's excited about being here. He's jumped right in and gotten after it."

Young and his wife, Jamie (a Cooper native) have three pre-school-age children: Rorie, Khira and Tate.

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