Kenny Young knows nothing worth having comes easy. Those are the lessons he learned growing up in southwestern Oklahoma and working under Oklahoma Hall of Fame coaches. Those are the lessons he teaches the Bishop McGuinness football team as it goes for its third consecutive Class 4A gold ball Saturday against Glenpool in Broken Arrow.
"We really are a blue collar team at McGuinness, and I’m a blue collar coach,” Young said. "I don’t claim to be the smartest guy out there, but I do know that we work as hard if not harder than any team around.” Newkirk coach Barrett Shupe, who was an assistant under Young in 2004, said, "He’s the hardest working coach I’ve ever been around.” Young has learned under some exceptional coaches. He worked under Henry Manning at Del City, and then moved to Carl Albert, where he coached under Al Miller, Jack Pebworth and Todd Graham. A big part of Young’s success has been having a system and sticking to it — even when times get tough. According to Young, there is a basic formula for success in high school football: Play great defense, value special teams and have success running the football. "I think a lot of guys know what the formula is but aren’t willing to stick with it when the going gets tough,” Young said.