James Curtis Young
James Curtis Young

Head Coach (1983-90)

Jim Young is credited with restoring Army's football program to glory, taking the Black Knights to their first three bowl games in program history.

Riding the strength of a powerful wishbone offense at West Point, Young served as Army's football head coach from 1983-90 and compiled a 51-39-1 record while helping the Black Knights return to national prominence. He led the Black Knights to three postseason bowl games, including victories over Michigan State in the Cherry Bowl and Illinois in the Peach Bowl.

Honored as the National Coach of the Year by the Football Writers Association in 1984, Young posted a 5-3 record opposite Navy and coached Army's last two first-team All-Americans, Don Smith in 1985 and Mike Mayweather in 1990.

Young came to Army after serving head coaching terms at Purdue University and the University of Arizona and quickly established his offensive prowess. In his second season, Army led the nation in rushing and beat both Navy and Air Force to claim its third outright Commander in Chief's Trophy.

In Young's third season, Army posted nine wins after beating Illinois in the Peach Bowl, its highest win total since 1949, while his fourth season included Army's fourth Commander in Chief's Trophy.

Young helped guide Army to its fifth Commander in Chief's Trophy in 1988, a season in which the team again won nine games after dropping a close game to Alabama in the John Hancock Sun Bowl.

In his final year at the Army helm, Young helped Mayweather establish the school record with 1,338 rushing yards, before announcing his retirement.