Escambia County High School principal Dennis Fuqua, right, introduces new ECHS football coach Royce Young, left, during Thursday's Escambia County Board of Education meeting at the ECHS library.|Photo by Justin Schuver
Escambia County High School principal Dennis Fuqua, right, introduces new ECHS football coach Royce Young, left, during Thursday's Escambia County Board of Education meeting at the ECHS library.| Photo by Justin Schuver

Royce Young hired as ECHS football coach

Published 6:00pm Thursday, January 23, 2014

Escambia County High School has hired Royce Young to be its next football coach.

Young had previously served as the offensive coordinator at Cordova High School. He was the head coach of Flomaton High School from 1991 to 1993.

Young replaces Lev Holly, who resigned in December 2013.

ECHS principal Dennis Fuqua recommended Young to be the school’s next football coach and athletic director at Thursday’s meeting of the Escambia County Board of Education, which was held at the ECHS library.

“He has had success at multiple schools,” Fuqua said. “He is a hard working individual. He has coached multiple sports. He has been the laundry person, he has been the bus driver and he will bring a work ethic to Escambia County High School that is second to none.”

Young said he was excited to come to Atmore. He will begin work Monday, Feb. 3.

Royce Young was the Flomaton High School football coach from 1991 to 1993. He comes to ECHS after serving one season as the offensive coordinator at Cordova High School.
Royce Young was the Flomaton High School football coach from 1991 to 1993. He comes to ECHS after serving one season as the offensive coordinator at Cordova High School.

“I just want to thank the board and Mr. Fuqua for this opportunity,” he said. “Mr. Fuqua really sold me on his vision for this school, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Young has a total record of 92-156 in 24 years at a head coach at Carbon Hill, Brilliant, Dora, Oakman, Flomaton and Donoho. In his three years at Flomaton, the Hurricanes finished 1-9 in 1991, 5-6 in 1992, and 7-4 in 1993.

In 2001, Young’s Class 1A Brilliant team finished 11-2 overall, including 2-1 in the playoffs. His Class 2A Oakman team was also 11-2 and 2-1 in the playoffs in 1995.

In Young’s most recent head coaching stint, he was 4-26 at Class 4A Carbon Hill from 2010-2012.

For more on this story, check the Wednesday, Jan. 29, edition of The Atmore Advance.

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