Mark Young, an assistant coach for the United States Olympic Track and Field team for the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, has built nationally recognized women's cross country and track and field programs at Yale since arriving in New Haven in 1980. The national Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1987, Young also earned District I honors in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Young has led Yale teams to six Heptagonal (Ivy League plus Naval Academy) Championships and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships (best finish was 3rd in 1987). Yale has also won four ECAC titles under Young's guidance. Many individuals have been recognized for their accomplishments during Young's tenure. Thirteen women have earned All-America status in cross country and eight more have been individually honored in track and field since 1982.
In track and field, Young was named NCAA District I Outdoor Track Coach of the Year in 1987, when Yale won the outdoor Heptagonal Championship and finished second indoors. In addition to the Olympic team, Young has had several other impressive international coaching assignments. In March of 1995, he was the head coach of the U.S. Women's Team at the World Indoor Championships in Barcelona, Spain. In the summer of 1999, he was an assistant coach at the World University Games in Mallorca, Spain, a post he previously held in 1993 at the World University Games in Buffalo. In 1990, he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Junior National Team when it traveled to Bulgaria for the World Championships. Young also served as both an assistant track coach for the East Team at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and the head coach for the same squad in 1989. Off the track, Young chaired the NCAA Track and Field Committee from 1989-1992, and served as Co-Commissioner of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games Athletics Venue.
A 1968 Yale graduate, Young captained the 1968
outdoor Heptagonal champion Bulldogs. He won IC4A titles at 440
yards outdoors, 600 yards indoors and anchored the mile relay team
to the current outdoor record of 3:09.6 and an IC4A championship.