Stan Young left his teaching position at Marianna High in the fall of 2004 to take a position at Chipola College. Little did he know then that he would be recognized so highly as to be inducted into the Florida College Systems Activities Association (FCSAA) Hall of Fame on November 13. Young is an associate professor of mathematics at Chipola in Marianna, Florida. After teaching for 10 years in high school, Young joined the Chipola faculty in 2004 where he took over the duties as head Brain Bowl Coach.
Under Young’s direction, the Chipola brain bowl teams won an unprecedented seven consecutive state championships from 2008-2014. The team won three consecutive NAQT community college national championships from 2011-2013 and were national runner-up three times. Young’s teams also have qualified for the NAQT Division II National Four-Year College championship six times. With notable wins over Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, and Michigan, his Chipola teams finished 10th, 9th, and 7th in consecutive years at the four-year tournament. The 7th place finish was the second highest finish ever for a community college team.
Last May, Young was nominated for induction into the FCSAA Hall of Fame. Unlike athletes who sometimes take multiple nominations before being voted in, Young was voted in the first time around. In order to qualify for induction, you have to have been with the Brain Bowl for ten years.
Former Chipola student Mark Hodge, captain of the first state championship team in 2008, said, “The thing you have to realize about Mr. Young is that he completely revolutionized the way brain bowl is approached across the state. Looking at matches strategically and focusing on player development, as opposed to just fielding a team made up of the highest GPAs you can find. These are the things that allow Chipola to not only compete with, but to dominate, much larger schools from around the nation. That all started with Mr. Young.”
Young said, “This is a great honor, but it is the people around me that made this possible. To be successful, you have to surround yourself with great people. I have the best assistant coach in the country in Dr. Robert Dunkle, and have been able to coach some of the finest students in our area.”
Young adds, “When I started, this was not something I expected, nothing I was aiming for, or even thought about, but it’s an honor and I’m very proud. It’s an honor to work with some of the kids in our community. It also says something about the caliber of our students locally.”
Young also has been selected by the student body to receive The Distinguished Service Award for Faculty in 2006-2007. His peers nominated him for the Kirkland Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and for the Chipola College Faculty/Administrator Professional of the Year in 2014. Florida’s state brain bowl coaches selected Young as the FCSAA Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011.
This year’s FCSAA Hall of Fame class includes: Dr. Marge Banocy-Payne, Forensics Division, Tallahassee Community College; Dr. Chuck Hall, Council of Presidents, Florida Gateway College; Rob Marino, Publications Division, College of Central Florida; Alex Mullineaux, Student Government Division (former student), Seminole State College; Clashous Witherspoon, Student Government Division, Florida State College at Jacksonville and Stan Young, Brain Bowl Division, Chipola College.
Stan is the son of Tommy and Virginia Young, also of Marianna. His mother, Virginia, taught math at MMS and helped provide her students a sound foundation for advanced math study. His brother, Steve, shares the family capacity for math ability and is the Vice President of Administration and Business Services at Chipola.
Congratulations to Stan Young!