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Kyle Young

Position: Executive Senior Associate AD / Strategic Planning & Administration

Kyle Young is in his eleventh year as an Senior Associate Athletic Director in the Clemson Athletic Department after a decorated playing career as an offensive lineman at Clemson. He has worked in administration in the Clemson athletic department since 2005 in various administrative roles. Young’s current role includes the coordination of Olympic Sport administration, supervision of the baseball and men’s soccer programs, athletic department personnel activity, as well as coordination of summer camps clinics and football scheduling.

In addition to his role, he also involved in the President’s Leadership Institute, the NCAA Research Committee, Chairs the ACC Men’s Soccer Committee, ACC Baseball Committee, the Brooks Sports Science Institute Research Review Committee. Additionally, he also teaches in the Athletic Leadership program.

He oversees all personnel activity for more than 250 full time staff and 400 part-time staff within athletics.

Young, a native of Clemson, first came to the school as a freshman in 1997 and went on to letter in football from 1998-2001. Young ranks among the top student-athletes in Clemson history. He is the only three-time first-team Academic All-American in any sport in the Clemson record books. He is also one of just two ACC football players and one of just two offensive linemen in college football history to be a three-time first-team selection.

Young was a two-time All-American on the field in 2000 and 2001. As the starting center for the Tigers, he was a finalist for the Dave Rimington Award in 2000 and 2001 for the nation’s top center. Young helped the Tigers to three bowl games in Tommy Bowden’s first three years, including the 2000 season when Clemson finished 14th in the final USA Today poll with a 9-3 record. Young provided many of the holes that Woodrow Dantzler ran through to establish Clemson and national records as the starting quarterback in 2000 and 2001.

In 2001, Young became the first Clemson football student-athlete in 23 years to win an NCAA Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. He was honored in New York City in December of 2001, the same night Terry Kinard was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. He also won the Jim Tatum Award given to the ACC’s top scholar athlete in football and was the recipient of the Anson Mount scholarship for the nation’s top scholar athlete in football.

Young was a Strength & Conditioning All-American in 2001 and is the only student-athlete in Clemson history to be named an All-American in all three areas. He and former Tiger and current PGA golfer Jonathan Byrd are the only athletes in Clemson history to be named on-the-field and academic All-Americans twice.

Young graduated from Clemson summa cum laude in Secondary Education in May of 2001 and played his senior year as a graduate student. He worked in administration at Virginia Tech during the 2002-03 academic year, then returned to Clemson to serve as a graduate assistant football coach under Tommy Bowden in 2003 and 2004. As a graduate assistant, he helped coach the Tiger centers and guards both seasons, including for Clemson’s 2003 Peach Bowl Championship team. Young earned a Master’s degree from Clemson in Educational Leadership in 2003 and a Ph.D. in the same program in 2010.

Young began his work in the Clemson Athletic Department as an administrator under former Associate Athletic Director Dwight Rainey and Athletic Director Dr. Terry Don Phillips in 2005.

Young’s grandfather, Ed McLendon, played for Clemson’s 1939 Cotton Bowl team. His brother, Will Young, lettered in football for the Tigers from 1992-95 and his father-in-law, Ben Watson, lettered in football in 1969 and 1970 at Clemson.

Young is married to the former Jamie Watson. The couple has three children, Watson (7), Wells (5), and Brownley (2).