By Matt Palmer Staff Writer



Chisholm High School's new baseball coach fits right in with a theme that seems to define the Longhorns' program lately -- youth.

Scott Young, who recently took over for former CHS coach Mickey Geurkink, is only 28 years old and will join a team sporting only one senior next season in Chris Schultz.

"I consider it (promotion to head coach) to be very quick," Young said. "I'm very fortunate to be in the position I am in."

Young has a bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Oklahoma State, and he spent two years at Ellison High School in Killeen, Texas, as an assistant varsity baseball coach and freshman head coach.

He held the assistant baseball coaching job this spring at CHS under Geurkink.

Geurkink left Chisholm recently to become the Medford High School principal.

"It (the program) is going to be pretty much the same as when coach Geurkink was here," Young said. "We were pretty much on the same page."

Young said he wants to change one thing, however.

His plan is to create a CHS summer league team and play 30 to 40 games next summer.

"They're playing baseball (during the summer); they're just not playing together," Young said. "That's something I want to change."

Especially with the youth on the team.

The Longhorns, Young said, played a lot of freshmen this spring, and as sophomores they likely will see equally as much time.

Young thinks the playing time they received as freshmen will help his team's maturity tremendously.

"That makes that light at the end of the tunnel a little bit brighter," Young said.

He plans to rely on the advice of other area coaches -- particularly Drummond's Pat Geurkink, Hennessey's Mike Conway and Mickey Geurkink -- to help him grow into a successful head coach.

"I'll learn from anybody," Young said.

Young has taken his new team to the Weatherford Tournament and faced Class 4A Anadarko and Class B power Lookeba-Sickles earlier this summer.

The Longhorns lost 10-0 to Anadarko and 14-13 to Lookeba-Sickles. The quality competition and the way his team played, Young said, will be a positive experience heading into next season.

"I was very pleased the way we played against both those teams," Young said.

Young's other duties at CHS are offensive coordinator for the football team and teaching algebra and geometry.

Nate Ross has been brought aboard from Timberlake as Young's baseball assistant coach at Chisholm.



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