ASHVILLE — Trevor Younkin has fond memories of his days donning the blue-and-gold in high school.
The 1996 graduate of Teays Valley High School earned the Bob Bowsher Memorial Trophy, presented to the top seniors boys basketball player in Pickaway County. He also remembers being part of the student section during the glory years of when Jeff Sheets routinely coached the girls basketball team to Mid-State League Buckeye Division and Central District championships.
Pending board approval, Younkin will get his opportunity to lead the school’s tradition-rich girls basketball program.
“One of the things that sticks out about growing up around here was all the success that Jeff Sheets had with the girls basketball team,” Younkin said. “I enjoyed playing here and it was also memorable to be in the student section and following what Coach Sheets and those girls did.
“I went onto play college basketball, I’ve been a high school assistant and a head coach and now I’m looking forward to following in those footsteps and trying to keep that bar raised high for Teays Valley girls basketball.”
Younkin served seven seasons as the varsity assistant under boys basketball coach Doug Etzler and then moved west of the river to accept the helm of the Westfall boys basketball program. He coached from 2014-16 at Westfall and guided the Mustangs to a second-place finish in the Scioto Valley Conference during his final season.
Since then, Younkin has coached travel basketball and spent the past two seasons coaching girls basketball at Teays Valley West Middle School.
Younkin takes over for Joel Baker, who resigned to become high school athletic director. Baker led the Vikings to five MSL-Buckeye championships and three district tournament berths in seven seasons.
“I love teaching and coaching here at Teays Valley, it’s home,” Younkin said. “This is a great opportunity to take over for Joel, who did a great job of leading the girls basketball program.
“One of the first things we’re going to start with is basic fundamentals, making sure we’re doing those little things right at every level of the program. That’s important, especially with being a Division I school and going against some of the schools we face.”
Baker is excited to hand-off the program to Younkin and see what he can accomplish.
“Trevor has helped me the past three-to-four seasons in travel basketball and coaching middle school, and he’s been a valuable part of our overall program,” he said. “Trevor has head coaching experience and has coached at different levels, which is a plus.
“Trevor has a great attitude and he works hard to get the most out of the kids. He’s going to bring a different type of energy to the program. This is a good hire for us and I look forward to Trevor continuing to lead our program in a positive direction.”
Younkin discussed his philosophy on offense and defense.
“Coach Baker established a lot of movement with his motion offense and I want to continue those concepts,” he said. “We both believe in getting the ball to the basket and, if a shot isn’t there, then kicking it out for a three. We aren’t afraid to put up a good three-point attempt.
“On defense, I believe in getting up in the passing lanes and forcing turnovers. We’re going to play a variety of defenses, so our look doesn’t get stale and we can adjust to the different types of teams we’re going to face.”
Younkin will meet with high school girls basketball players at 6 p.m. Monday inside the main gymnasium.
The Vikings are coming off a league championship and district tournament berth, but lost two starters to graduation and two more to transfer.