40 seasons as the head coach of Copiah-Lincoln women’s basketball, an 887-249 career record, eight MACJC state titles, and Gwyn Young doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
2016 proved to be yet another successful year for Young’s Lady Wolves. The team finished the year as MACJC state semi-finalist and Region 23 runner-up. The Lady Wolves final record on the season was 23-5.
Young, who is also serves as athletic director, is a member of the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the Copiah-Lincoln Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame.
The Lady Wolves have not posted a losing record since the 1980-1981 season. Young has won seven NJCAA Region 23 tournaments and been runner-up 10 times. His teams have made six NJCAA National Tournament appearances. The 1989 team finished a school-best 4th in the national tournament.
Young has had his former players sign with 37 different colleges and universities in his career. Many former Lady Wolves go on to become coaches themselves. On Jan. 22, 2015 a ceremony was held following a win over Meridian. Coach Young was honored for winning his 850th career win earlier in the season. Over 45 former Lady Wolves came to the game and participated in an on-court ceremony to honor Coach Young.
Coach Young was named Region XXIII Coach of the Year in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2011 and MACJC and MAC Coach of the Year in 1993, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2013. The Clarion-Ledger has also recognized him as Coach of the Year for Junior College on numerous occasions.
A graduate of Copiah-Lincoln where he was a standout for the Wolves basketball team, the court in Mullen Gymnasium was named in his honor in 2011.
After graduation from Co-Lin, Young attended Mississippi College where he was team MVP and a team captain. Young received his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Young and his wife, Velesta, have two children, Lane and Jessica, and five grandchildren, Mailey Kate and Reece Young; Justin, Mary Gwyn, and Grant Hynum.
A champion first as a student-athlete and now as a coach, Nikki Williams begins her fifth season as assistant women’s basketball coach.
A graduate of White Castle High School (LA) and Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Williams received a bachelor’s degree from Lamar University (TX).
She was a NJCAA First Team All-American (2007), NJCAA All-Region 23 (2006, 2007), MACJC First Team All-State (2006, 2007), and an MACJC All-Star. She averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.9 steals her sophomore season at Co-Lin.
Williams helped the Lady Wolves to 20-8 record in 2006 and a 30-5 record in 2007. She was a member of the Lady Wolves 2007 team that won the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament and finished in sixth place at the NJCAA National Tournament.
While at Lamar, Williams was selected All-Southland Conference (2008, 2009). She led the Lady Cardinals to their first-ever appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament Championship Game. Williams averaged 14.3 points her senior season and led the Southland Conference in steals.
Williams played three seasons in the African Professional League in Rwanda.