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Battle Girls basketball coach takes over leadership of Central Methodist University

COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ)

Central Methodist University announced the new leader of its women's basketball program Monday afternoon, and it might be a name familiar to Mid-Missouri residents.

Battle Girls basketball coach Dustyn Yung will take over the Eagles women's basketball program beginning with the 2024-25 season. He will be the 10th head coach in the program's history.

Yung was at the helm of the Spartan girls basketball team for three seasons and led his teams to some pretty memorable moments during that time, coaching one All-State player, six All-District players and five All-Conference selections at Columbia.

He made an immediate impact when he was hired in 2021, posting three consecutive winning seasons and taking the program to new levels, including leading the Spartans to their first-ever win against an opponent from across town: the Rock Bridge Bruins.

In a statement addressed to the Battle community, Yung said, “It's hard to find words to express how much the last three years have meant to me. The relationships, friendships and memories will never be forgotten and are truly cherished,” he said. “We all have dreams and my dreams have become a reality!”

This will not be his first stop at the college level, however. Before coaching at Battle, Coach Yung spent several years as an assistant coach at Moberly Area Community College. He also served as Director of Basketball Operations at Bradley University for three seasons.

During his time with the Moberly Greyhounds, the team won both the Region 16 and District Championships in 2020 and qualified for two consecutive Division I national tournaments in 2020 and 2021.

It will be a homecoming for Yung, as he earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from CMU and completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Central in 2013. He earned his Master of Education in Sports Administration in 2015.

While a graduate student, he spent two years on the coaching staff of the Eagles women's basketball team. Yung also served as a student assistant from 2011-2013 and was part of the team that qualified for the first NAIA Division I national tournament in the program's history in 2013.

“I am thrilled to return to Central Methodist University as the new head coach of the women's basketball team,” Yung said in a statement. “This is a full-circle opportunity for me: I graduated from CMU, began my coaching career there, and now return to lead the women's basketball program. This is a dream come true.”

Yung will officially begin his coaching career on June 3rd.