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Former Kernel coach Young back on sidelines for MCS boys

A familiar face is back on the sidelines for the Mitchell Christian boys’ basketball team.

Tom Young, former head boys’ coach of the Mitchell Kernels and MCS, didn’t take much of a break from coaching as he’s returned to the basketball scene.

“I am excited to be working with kids at Mitchell Christian,” Young said.

Last season, Young took over as the head coach of the Kernels after longtime Kernel coach Gary Munsen retired. The Kernels went 5-17 and missed the state tournament for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

Young resigned from his duties as the head coach of the Kernels in April, citing health problems and the amount of time devoted to running the program.

“It was a very difficult decision to resign from the Kernels,” Young said. “It had nothing to do with the kids in the Kernel program. It was more of a personal family decision. I had a few health issues and I am just getting better now.”

Young has talked to first-year Mitchell boys’ basketball coach Erik Skoglund and said he will do fantastic at MHS. Young added he hasn’t given Skoglund any advice on the job and that he’s a great coach.

“I wish the Kernels, coach Skoglund and (assistant) coach (Craig) Mock the best of luck,” Young said.

Young became a part of the Golden Eagles bench again when Mitchell Christian head coach Dennis Martin asked him to help the team in October.

Young spent 17 years as the head coach of the MCS boys’ basketball team and won a Class B state championship in 2003 and finished runner-up in 2007.

“It is a big help to have him,” said Martin, who spent three seasons on Young’s staff as an assistant. “We are thankful that he is willing to come out and offer his time and knowledge to the kids.”

Martin took over the MCS program in 2011 after Young resigned to watch his daughter, Jill (Young) Sargent, play her senior season with the South Dakota State University women’s basketball team.