There wasn't vacancy on the Florida State coaching staff for long– not even a whole 24 hours.
Leonard Hamilton and Florida State University acted quickly to replace the recently departed Corey Williams and hired former Georgia Southern head coach Charlton Young as an assistant coach on Tuesday. Williams took the head coaching job at Stetson on Monday after six seasons at FSU.
On Tuesday the university announced his replacement.
“We are fortunate to have a coach of Charlton’s caliber join our staff," said Hamilton. “He is an extremely knowledgeable basketball coach, a great skill developer and an outstanding recruiter. Charlton is a great addition to our program because he complements our staff extremely well and we look forward to him being a part of the success we intend to have as we continue to establish Florida State as a program of national significance.”
At Georgia Southern, Young was a combined 29-65. His team went 15-15 and finished second in their division of the Southern Conference in 2011-12. But last year the Eagles went 14-19 and Young was let go.
Before that he was an assistant at Georgia Tech and also has coached at Auburn, Northeastern and Jacksonville.
As a player Young was a three-time all conference selection at Georgia Southern, in 1992 he lead the Eagles to an NCAA tournament berth. After a year of pro ball in France he returned to the United States in 1994 and began his career in coaching.
“As a native Floridian, I am excited to be part of coach Hamilton’s staff and proud to be part of the Florida State basketball tradition,” said Young. “Coach Hamilton is one of the coaches I have watched intently and learned a great deal from during my career. The opportunity to work alongside him as well as Stan Jones and Dennis Gates is very exciting to me. Coach Jones is one of the top assistant coaches in the country and I recruited Dennis relentlessly when I was at Northeastern.”
The Seminoles hope Young's skills on the recruiting trail will put themselves to immediate use.
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