LIBERTY, Ill. -- Chase Young's opinion counts.
So when his dad, Liberty assistant baseball coach Robby Young, heard his 6-year-old son say he wanted him to continue coaching the Eagles, it made it abundantly clear he needed to apply for the vacant head coaching position.
Young already was the logical choice to replace Brigham John, a move made official when the Liberty School Board announced this week it had promoted Young. This will be the first head coaching position for Young, the former Quincy High School assistant coach who has enjoyed a lifelong affair with the game.
"This is a great opportunity," said Young, who graduated from QHS in 2003 and played at John Wood Community College and Quincy University. "The program has made leaps and bounds, and I'm excited to continue to help it progress like that. With the right coaching and work ethic, anything is possible. We've been in the regional title game the last two years. We can go above and beyond that.
"We need to be in the discussion for the better teams in the area."
Stability helps, which is why retaining Young was important.
His wife, Sarah, was an all-state softball player at Liberty who went on to pitch at Quincy University.
They've made their home in the Liberty school district and plan to send both of their children -- Addison is 2 years old -- to Liberty schools.
"I've enjoyed every minute out here," said Young, who spent the past two seasons as one of John's assistant coaches. "This is a family decision. Being a coach's wife, there's stress that comes with it. My wife knows that and understands that. She's thrilled I'm getting this opportunity."
The Eagles went 13-12 last season and 30-22 in the past two seasons, reaching the Class 1A sectional championship game in 2018 and the regional championship last spring.
"Hopefully we can sustain a long run of success," Young said.
The Eagles' depth and commitment makes that possible.
"The players had a big say in my decision to pursue this opportunity," Young said. "Their commitment to the program and desire is incredible."