Luke Young brings 10 years of coaching experience into his first season at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. He assumed the role of interim head coach in August.
Most recently, Young served as the assistant men's and women's volleyball coach and the women's recruiting coordinator at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., from 2008-13. During his tenure at Lindenwood, Young helped guide the women's team to a record of 141-65 (.684), while the men's team posted a record of 146-60 (.709). The Lindenwood women won the 2011 ICAA Tournament Championship and qualified for the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 2008 and 2010, finishing 13th both years.
Young also helped lead the Lindenwood women to back-to-back Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he also helped guide the Lion men's team to a 32-3 record and the NAIA National Championship. In his six years at Lindenwood, Young mentored two women's players to two All-America honors each, as well as four men's All-America honorees. Prior to Lindenwood, Young got his coaching start as a student assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, from 2003-04, where he helped mentor one All-American.
He also has three years of high school coaching experience. Young spent one season as the assistant girls' volleyball coach at Holt High School in Wentzville, Mo. (2007-08), leading the Indians to a 17-14 record. Before that, he had a two-year stint as the head girls' volleyball coach at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Sycamore, Ill., from 2005-07. During his time there, he led Cornerstone to a 36-23 (.610) record. Young helped guide the Royals to a berth in the 2005 ACSI Illinois State Girls' Regional Finals, as well as a 2006 ACSI Illinois State Girls' Final Four appearance. He also mentored 2006 first-team all-state selection Sam Thrower, who went on to start at middle blocker for Indiana University and was honored with the 2012 Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award.
Young gained valuable experience as a club volleyball coach between 2005-11. He coached the Northern Illinois team from 2005-07, before coaching both the Wentzville Heat and the Missouri Thunder from 2007-08. Most recently, he coached for Momentum from 2008-11.
From 2003-04, Young played two years and served as a team captain of the men's volleyball team at Graceland University. He played on the men's club volleyball team at Northern Illinois University from 2004-05. Young was also a member of the track & field team at Graceland University from 1999-2003. He excelled in track & field at Montgomery County High School from 1996-99, including setting the school record in the shot put, and also played one season of football at Montgomery County in 1996.
Young graduated from Montgomery County High School in 1999. He received his bachelor's degree in studio art and visual communications from Graceland University in 2004, before obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from Northern Illinois University in 2008. Young has worked as an instructor of studio art at Lindenwood University since 2008.