Biography: Jeff Young


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Jeff Young joins the Diamond Prospects staff in a part-time capacity following ten years of coaching experience at the college level and the past three seasons in professional baseball.

For the last two summers, Young has been the hitting coach for the Billings Mustangs, the Rookie-level club of the Cincinnati Reds. In 2006, his understudies led the Pioneer League in batting average, four hitters finished in the top ten in hitting and he also coached the league’s most valuable player.

In 2004, Young was the bench coach for Louisville, the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.

In 2002 and 2003, Young served as a batting practice pitcher for the Greenville Braves, Atlanta’s Double-A team at the time.

Prior to Young’s time in pro ball, he spent ten years in college baseball, six of which were as a recruiting coordinator at Furman University (2000-2003) and Presbyterian College (1999).Young was the hitting and catching coach at each stop. His coaching resume before 1999 includes time at the University of Kentucky and Emory University.

Young played in college at Kent State and was an All-Conference third baseman at Morehead State. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Morehead State.

A little known fact about the Ohio native is that he was a prep teammate of Ken Griffey Jr at Cincinnati’s Moeller High School.

Young, 38, is married to the former Laura Gard of Chicago. They are the proud parents of two little girls, Natalie (8) and Carlie (2), and reside in Greenville.