Young takes over Hurricanes football team

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Veteran football man announced as new head coach

Ross Young will lead the Holland College Hurricanes in their Atlantic Football League title defence.

Holland College announced Young as the team's new head coach on Friday. He replaces Kyle Quinlan, who joined the Canadian Interuniversity Sport's (CIS) York Lions as offensive co-ordinator on Nov. 27 after serving a year as the Hurricanes bench boss.

Young was an assistant with the 2015 Hurricanes, which won the college's third straight league title.

"The Hurricanes have provided Island players with the option to play football on a post-secondary level. The team gives them the opportunity to take their skills to the next level, and quite a few players have followed up by continuing their studies with CIS scholarships. Last year, the Hurricanes had a large group of Island players and we are expecting to see that number grow again this year," he said. "We are very proud of the mix of local and off-Island talent that defines our football program."

Young has been involved with minor football in P.E.I. for decades and has been one of the stalwarts who have helped keep the sport alive in the province. He started the Wildcat varsity program in Souris and the bantam program in Montague‎ and Kings County. 

Hurricanes president Michael O'Grady said Young's leadership will ensure the continued development of the team, which is entering its seventh year.

"Ross has an excellent reputation as a former player, a coach, and an active member of the community," he said. "I am pleased that he has accepted the challenge, and know that he will provide exceptional leadership to our players and coaching staff." 

Young is a former MLA and is currently employed with the province.

At Mount Allison University, he led the Mounties as a team co-captain, all-conference linebacker for three consecutive years, and was selected as Mountie defensive MVP, special teams MVP and 110 per cent award winner for his consistent play, dedication and leadership on and off the field.

He was an assistant coach in Mount Allison's first ever Vanier Cup appearance in 1984. In the early 2000s, Young became president of the Mount Allison Mounties 5th Quarter Club and worked closely with former Mountie Peter Winters to help to rebuild the Mountie program and boost financial support.

Young's son, John Ross, was a first-year starter for the Hurricanes this past season.

Young said he will confirm the team's coaching staff and announce a date for an early April minicamp soon. For more information about the Hurricanes, visit hcfootball.ca or email football@hollandcollege.com.

Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Football League, Mount Allison University Mount Allison Mounties 5th Quarter Club

Geographic location: Iceland, P.E.I., Souris Montague Kings

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