Assistant Strength Coach
The 2019 season is Ervin Young’s first on West End as a member of the Vanderbilt staff, serving as an assistant to head strength coach James Dobson.
A graduate of Cumberland (Tenn.), Young comes to Vanderbilt after serving five years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the Big 12 Conference with the Kansas football team.
Prior to joining the Kansas staff, Young served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater from 2012-13, in charge of coaching running backs and assisting in the strength program.
A native of Bristol, Florida, Young was a four-year letterwinner at Cumberland, playing running back from 2007-10. Young rushed for 440 yards and eight touchdowns while appearing in 27 game. As a senior, he helped the Phoenix to an 8-3 record.
Young graduated from Cumberland, earning a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 2011. He later earned a master’s degree in sport and exercise pedagogy.
Professionally, Young is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Young and his wife Jessica are the parents of two daughters, Serenity and Jayda.