Eastern Michigan '07
VU scores win in 400 hurdles, places second in high jump and pole vault.
Annual Vanderbilt Invitational to be held at Vanderbilt Track Friday and Saturday.
Daniel Dubois' photos from the 2013 Black & Gold meet.
Commodores host one of the deepest fields to come to West End to kickoff outdoor season.
Brionne Williams places seventh among deep high jump field.
December 8, 2013
April 20, 2013
First indoor track meet of the season on Dec. 3, 2016 at Vanderbilt Multipurpose Facility.
Donnie Young has served as an assistant coach with the Vanderbilt track and field program since joining the staff in September of 2011. Young coaches sprints, hurdles and relays. His impact has been felt throughout his tenure, as he has guided the Commodores to a string of record-breaking performances.
During the 2017 season, Young mentored Courtney Clayton to one of the finest season's ever enjoyed by a Vanderbilt track athlete. Clayton earned recognition as an NCAA First Team All-American (Outdoor), All-SEC Second Team (Outdoor), NCAA Second Team All-American (Indoor), and broke her own school records in the 800-meter run for both the indoor and outdoor season. Clayton's outdoor 800-meter time of 2:04.24 en route to a seventh place finish at the NCAA National Championships was the fastest ever seen in a Commodore uniform by over three seconds and Clayton credited Young's coaching and strategy as a major reason for her being able to accomplish the feat.
Young's leadership has also played a key role in the success of sprinter Jennifer Edobi. Edobi ran the 17th fastest 400-meter time at the First Round of the NCAA East Regionals with a time of 53.70 and then set a new PR in the Quarterfinals with a time of 52.75, which ranks second all-time in Vanderbilt history, behind only former NCAA All-American Ryan Tolbert (51.14). Edobi was also selected to run for the Nigerian National Team at the 2017 IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas and Young was selected to be an assistant coach for the Nigerian coaching staff. Edobi's 4x400 relay team, under Young's direction, won its preliminary heat and qualified for the finals, where the Nigerian relay team earned a seventh place finish. It was the second time that Edobi had competed for the Nigerian National team, as she was also invited to participate in the Olympic Trials in Nigeria during the summer of 2016. Edobi traveled to Sapele, Nigeria, and earned an 11th place finish in the 400 at the trials.
During the 2015-16 season, Young helped lead the Commodores to impactful performances during both the indoor and outdoor campaign, highlighted by Jennifer Edobi’s new school record in the 500-meters.
Young has also been pivotal in the career of Courtney Clayton, who continued her strong career in 2015-16 as she capped her season with a fourth-place finish at the SEC Championships.
The 2014-15 track season was one of the most successful in the history of the VU track program and Young played a key role in many of the accomplishments.
During the outdoor season, he helped guide the 4x400 relay team of Faith Washington, Skyler Carpenter, Courtney Clayton and Erin Edmond to a new VU record time of 3:34.74, which placed fifth at the SEC Championships, which would go on to qualify for the the NCAA Outdoor East Regionals.
The 2015 outdoor season featured numerous other highlights that Young helped generate, including seeing Clayton set a then-school record in the 800 with a time of 2:05.52 while earning a sixth-place finish at the SEC Championships.
Young also worked with the 4x200 team of Washington, Carpenter, Clayton and Edmond that set a new school record, posting a time of 1:37.45.
Under Young’s watch, freshman Jennifer Edobi enjoyed a terrific freshman season. She earned SEC All-Freshman honors for her performance in the 400, where she posted the best time (54.09) among all freshmen and finished 12th overall.
Young also oversaw the Commodores’ DMR team -- comprised of Clayton, Edobi, Carpenter and Sara Barron -- that set a new school record with a time of 11:19.34.
During the 2015 indoor postseason, Young helped direct Clayton, Carpenter and the 4x400 relay team to Top-8 performances in their respective events at the SEC Indoor Championships.
The 2014-15 season also included great success in the classroom, with the Commodores being recognized as an All-Academic Team by the USTFCCCA fourth consecutive year and six Vanderbilt standouts gathering All-Academic individual honors.
Young helped guide the Commodores through a highly-successful season in 2013-14 that featured a continuous stream of top-10 showings on Vanderbilt’s all-time performers list.
During the indoor season, Young helped guide Clayton to memorable freshman campaign. She went on to earn a spot on the SEC’s All-Freshman Team with a seventh-place finish at the SEC Championships and was the only freshmen to place in the event.
Also during indoor, Jennifer Cannon notched the No. 2 spot on the school’s all-time performer’s list in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.55, and Sarah Goodale posted the No. 7 ranking in that same event at 8.98. Faith Washington and Edmond posted the No. 1 and No. 2 marks in the 300 at 39.86 and 40.96, respectively.
After the Commodores moved to the outdoor portion of their schedule, Young helped Erin Edmond and Skyler Carpenter carve out spots among the top five on the school’s all-time performance list for the 400m dash and 400m hurdles, respectively. Carpenter and Edmond -- along with Courtney Clayton and Simone Charley -- also were a part of the record-setting 4x200 relay with a time of 1:40.24.
In 2013, freshman Jennifer Cannon tied the school record in the 100 meter hurdles, posting a time of 13.51 which qualified her for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. She was joined in postseason action by classmate Faith Washington, who ran the fastest 400m hurdles time at Vanderbilt since 1999 to qualify.
Young came to Vanderbilt after helping the Bowling Green track team to their best season in nearly a decade. In his year at BGSU, the Falcons placed eighth and tallied 45 points, earning their highest finish at the MAC Indoor Championship meet since 2007 and tied for their best point total since 1999.
Along the way, Young’s athletes had a record-breaking year. During the indoor season, twenty-two athletes either ran or jumped personal records. Sophomore sprinter Jeanette Pettigrew broke the 60-meter school record three times, highlighted by a second place finish at the MAC Championships with a time of 7.40.
Prior to Bowling Green, Young coached at Archbold High School in Ohio. He helped the track program to a conference championship in 2010.
He also coached his bother, Danny, to a state championship in the 4x200 relay, the first relay state title in school history, and a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles.
Before arriving at Archbold, Young served on the staff at his alma mater, Eastern Michigan University, from 2007-09, first as the team’s administrative assistant then as a graduate assistant. During his time, the Eagles won the 2008 MAC Championship, which was the program’s 12th league title in 13 years and set a conference record for margin of victory.
Young was a four-year letter winner at Eastern Michigan and a three-time co-captain. He ran on MAC Championship 4x400 relay teams from 2003-07 and qualified for the NCAA Regional in the event in 2007. Young won four MAC Championships during his time as an athlete in Ypsilanti. Young was recently married to Ann Hollis.