Negatives just kept adding up for Kellie Young

Quite frankly I was under the impression that Kellie Young’s problems as coach of the University of Louisville lacrosse team had gone away since she was first accused of being overly aggressive in applying discipline back in 2014.

Apparently not, not with reports that at least 15 members of the team had transferred or left the team in the past eight months.   She had also been sued by a former player who had become physically ill, passing out during a practice session.

All the problems attracting too much attention. Young was fired Monday by Interim Athletic Director Vince Tyra. She started the program from scratch, compiling a 106-68 won-lost record in 10 seasons. It was time for her to go.

Her dismissal coming just days after the conclusion of the 2017 season in which UofL had an 11-8 record, making its fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

While building a winning program, Young obviously missed opportunities to instill loyalty and trust from players and their parents. Too many distractions on and off the field.

UofL athletes excelling in the classroom

The success of University of Louisville teams in their respective sports in recent years is well chronicled. Equally impressive, however, are the accomplishments in the classroom.

Nine UofL teams had perfect APR scores in 2012-13 including the football team, one of just two Division I football programs in the NCAA with a perfect score of 1000.  Other teams with perfect scores included the men’s basketball, golf and tennis programs, and the women’s golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, and volleyball teams.

This chart shows the athletic and academic results of each UofL team, including final standings in the conference, ranking in NCAA and national polls, APR (Academic Progress Rating) from the NCAA and overall GPA (Grade Point Average).

Impressive.

GradesSource: Mark Hebert, University of Louisville