Co-Lin breaks silence

Published 5:58 pm Friday, June 16, 2023

WESSON — Co-Lin broke the silence in the wake of news that women’s basketball head coach Gwyn Young was not returning to the program Friday afternoon. Young said he would not be the head coach next year Tuesday afternoon but did not say why. He missed some games this year due to medical problems but finished out the year with the program. 

Natalie Davis, Director of Public Relations and Sports Information at Co-Lin, said “We can’t discuss personnel matters.” It is the first response the college has given since Young’s departure was confirmed. Co-Lin named Britta Stephens as his replacement Friday afternoon. 

Young led the basketball program for 47 years and won 1,000 games for the program. He had transitioned to a part-time position with the college. 

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Jane Hulon-Sims was not in her office when called Thursday morning but a message was left there. Hulon-Sims is retiring to Oxford. Thursday was her last day on the job officially.

Her replacement Dewayne Middleton will take over July 1.  A phone call placed to Middleton’s office went straight to voicemail Friday. At time of publication he has not returned the call. 

Phone calls to Athletic Director Bryan Nobile, one made Thursday morning, Tuesday and one made in early May, went straight to voicemail and have not been returned. Board of Trustees Chairman Melton King was contacted by phone Thursday morning but the call went to voicemail and has not been returned by publication time.  

Young was previously a basketball player for the Wolves when he came through Co-Lin Community College and grew up in the basketball crazy West Lincoln community. 

Young said he is not sure what he is doing next but will share more when he is ready.