Shelly  Young Strang
Shelly Young Strang
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 423-652-4855
Email: [email protected]
Year: 8th Year

Following a system known all too well during her playing days, Shelly Yount joined her former head coach at King University as the women’s basketball assistant coach in August 2011. She enters her eighth season with the Tornado as the top assistant under head coach Josh Thompson.

King reached the Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship title game for the third straight year in 2017-18, but fell at third seed Barton College. The Tornado posted an overall record of 17-13 while going 12-8 in league play to finish fourth in the Conference Carolinas standings. Kori West was selected second team All-Conference Carolinas.

In 2016-17, Strang helped the Tornado set new standards for the women's basketball program, winning 25 games, the most King has won since becoming NCAA members. The Tornado went 19-3 in Conference Carolinas play, finishing second in the league standings. King advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game for the second straight year, and this time King came away with a 78-77 win at #22 Limestone to earn their first NCAA Tournament berth. However, the Tornado fell to #21 Wingate in the first round, ending their season with a record of 25-7. Whitney Mitchell was selected first team all-conference and Jalan Harper garnered third team recognition.

Strang helped guide King to another successful season in 2015-16 as the Tornado reached the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game for the first time. The Tornado nearly reached the 20-win mark for the second straight season, finishing 2015-16 with a record of 19-12. In Conference Carolinas play, the Tornado posted a record of 16-6 and earned the third seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In the title game, King squared off with league champion and second-ranked Limestone. Playing on the road, King held a lead late, but the undefeated Saints came back to defeat the Tornado 56-53. Jalan Harper was named Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year while Amy Van Deventer and Whitney Mitchell both earned all-conference accolades.

In 2014-15, Strang helped Tornado win nine straight contests in the middle of the season and finish second in the Conference Carolinas standings behind Limestone who advanced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Final Four. King posted a league mark of 15-7 earning the second seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament and ended the year with a 20-9 overall record after falling in the conference tournament quarterfinals to Mount Olive. The Tornado only allowed two teams to score more than 70 points in their defense and King led all of NCAA Division II in personal fouls per game, only committing 12.6 per contest. 

Yount helped guide the Tornado to another win improvement over the last three years as King went 17-11 during the 2013-14 season. That mark including a Conference Carolinas record of 10-8, giving King the fourth seed and home game in the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado topped Lees-McRae College 46-37 for their first-ever Conference Carolinas Tournament win to advance to the semifinals. However, King fell to top seed Limestone College, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in the semifinals.

In 2012-13, Yount helped lead the Tornado to a 14-13 record, and qualify for their first Conference Carolinas Tournament with a 10-12 league mark. Defensively, King ranked in the leagues top-5 in four categories, blocks per game (3rd), points allowed per game (4th) opponent's field goal percentage (3rd) and opponent's three-point field goal percentage (5th). King also won the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship award, and five student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference Carolinas honors.

With the help of her defensive knowledge, Yount helped the Lady Tornado defense improve dramatically in the last two months of the 2011-12 season. In the team’s last 12 games, King limited its opponents to 60 points or fewer in seven of their last 12 games. She also saw six members of the team named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team, contributing to King’s conference-leading 190 honorees, and saw the team achieve the third-highest team grade point average among all NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA, and NJCCA institutions.

Yount came to King College after spending a year as a graduate assistant coach for Nyack College (Nyack, NY) in 2010-11.  Prior to coaching at Nyack, she was a center for the Warriors from 2005-10 that showed great skill in the post as a defender and shooter.  She was a four-year starter at the center position and a three-year captain under Thompson.

Yount finished her career with 1,103 points ranking her eighth in Nyack women’s basketball history. She accumulated over 816 rebounds and 195 blocks during her career. She led the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in blocked shots during her sophomore and seniors seasons and finished second in the conference during her junior year.  In her junior season, she helped the Lady Warriors win the NCCAA East Region Championship, which earned them a birth in the NCCAA national tournament. 

During her senior year, she led Nyack to a CACC regular season and conference tournament championship and was named to the all-tournament team for performance. Yount also helped the Warriors to their first ever birth to the NCAA national tournament after the school transitioned to NCAA Division II.

Yount was a two-time team Defensive Player of the Year (2007, 2008) complementing her offensive impact. In addition, she earned the Iron Woman Award and Comeback Player of the Year following the 2007 season. Under Thompson, Yount served as team captain for three seasons from 2007-09. 

The Belvidere, N.J., native also took to courts outside of Nyack when she played in Colombia, South America for Athletes in Action during the summer of 2008.

Yount graduated from Nyack with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry with a concentration in counseling in 2009 and returned for a Master of Arts in intercultural studies, which she finished in 2011.