Coaching Academy Staff

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Robert “Nate” Young

Veterans Coaching Program Coordinator

After having served over 20 years in the U.S. Army, with a majority of his career as a Special Forces Soldier, also known as a ‘Green Beret,’ Nate Young began pursuing a career as a strength and conditioning coach. He successfully graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sports Physiology. Building on this achievement, Nate is currently in the pursuit of a PhD in Kinesiology. He is deeply committed to advancing his expertise in this field.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Nate cofounded and manages the Veterans Coaching Program at the Texas A&M Thornton-McFerrin Coaching Academy. During Nate’s military career, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Troy University through distance learning. His educational journey, coupled with his extensive military experience, uniquely positions him for success in the realms of kinesiology and sports physiology.”

In 2023, the Texas A&M Ranger Challenge Team achieved an extraordinary milestone by securing victory in the ROTC Cup and finishing first in ROTC 4th overall at the Sandhurst Competition, marking the highest finish in Texas A&M history and solidifying their reputation as a formidable force on the national stage.

In 2022, Nate created and assumed a pivotal role as the head of the strength and conditioning program for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Ranger Challenge Team, located in College Station, Texas. His leadership and expertise played a crucial role in guiding the team to an impressive 9th place finish out of 48 teams in the prestigious Sandhurst Competition, held at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, in April 2022.

During the spring of 2022, Nate embarked on a valuable internship with the Texas A&M Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive teams, further enhancing his experience in sports conditioning and training. Before starting this internship, Nate generously volunteered his time and expertise in the weight rooms at Bryan High School and the College Station High School Elite Camp, both located in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

Prior to his tenure at Texas A&M University, Nate served as the 127e Program Manager at Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), stationed at MacDill Air Force Base (AFB) in Tampa, Florida. In this significant role, he managed a portfolio of seven programs spanning across five different Middle Eastern countries, highlighting his extensive leadership and operational experience within the U.S. military.

Prior to his assignment at MacDill AFB, he served in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he held the position of Special Forces Communications, Intelligence and Operations Sergeant. He has multiple deployments to Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.