YUKON — After 45 years in football, Bill Young is finally going to be a head coach.
The 67-year-old Young, who has been a defensive coordinator at seven Division I programs, is set to become the new coach at Yukon High School, pending school board approval at the May 5 meeting.
“This has been in the works for about 10 days,” Yukon athletic director David Fisher told The Oklahoman on Monday. “Bill has put players in the NFL, he’s been a part of 20 bowl games, coached in the NFL, at the Division I and high school levels.
“In 20 years of hiring coaches, I can tell you that you don’t run into guys of that caliber very often and have the opportunity to hire them.”
Young worked as Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator from 2009-12, and spent one month at the University of Wyoming last fall in a quality control-type position.
“I had several opportunities to move off and go to some other colleges, but nothing that just really lit me up,” said Young, who contacted Fisher to express his interest in the opening. “To be honest with you, I just miss football.
“I can remember back to when I coached at Carl Albert and Putnam City West. And I’ve told everybody I’ve ever discussed that with that I’ve never enjoyed coaching as much as I did when I was coaching in high school.”
The idea of retirement just didn’t suit Young.
“I don’t golf or fish or hunt,” Young said. “I’m just a football coach.
“I’ve got a burning desire to coach. I feel like I have a little bit — not a lot, but a little bit — to offer. I’ve been really fortunate to be some great places and around some great people, and I think I’ve learned a lot of football. I feel I have to share that, and I want to do that.”
In addition to working as the defensive coordinator at all three of Oklahoma’s Division I programs — Tulsa in the 1980s, Oklahoma in the 1990s and OSU in 2008-12 — Young has held the same position at Ohio State, Southern Cal, Kansas and Miami.