PRESTONSBURG — Henry S. Young was recently honored, when Mayor Jerry Fannin issued a proclamation declaring “Coach Henry S. Young Day” in Prestonsburg.
Young was born in Mannheim, Germany, and came to the United States at the age of 6. He graduated high school in 1967 and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve, serving approximately four years. From Norfolk, Va., he and his wife, Rosa, and three children moved back to West Virginia and then to Kentucky in 1978.
In 1981, Young developed the first competitive gymnastics program at Archer Park and then created EKG, Eastern Kentucky Gymnastics. In 1983, he moved the program to the S-curve and started a power tumbling and cheer program. He remained there for two years, at which time the program had grown to the point that a larger facility was needed. With the help of Willard Kinzer, he moved into the old Allen Theater and renamed the program KPT, or Kentucky Power Tumbling. Over the years, Coach Young and KPT promoted many athletes who have gone as far as world competition and many National Championships.
In 2007, Young reorganized and separated the two programs, cheerleading and power tumbling, and formed ATTA, or American Tumbling and Trampoline Academy. The cheerleading program was sold to Jody Hackworth.
Young gave 33 years of his life to coaching and working with athletes and students interested in the sport of power tumbling and trampoline, as well as local cheerleading squads.
Young is now the governor of the Kentucky AAU and has been a Kentucky Colonel since 1989. In 2006, he received the Coach of the Year award from the U.S. Tumbling and Trampoline Association.