Brooklyn City Schools paid tribute to the late Jerry Younger, one of the most successful and beloved coaches in the history of the district in a Hurricane pride-filled ceremony on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Brooklyn Stadium. A crowd of approximately one hundred consisting of family members, former players and coaching colleagues gathered to celebrate the legacy of Mr. Younger through heartfelt remarks and the official commemoration of his memory with the naming of Coach Jerry Younger Field at Brooklyn Stadium. Mr. Younger’s children attended the ceremony, including daughters Cindy Vild and Cheryl Williamson, and son, Victor Younger. Both Victor and Cheryl delivered poignant remarks on behalf of their father.
As head coach of the varsity football team from 1972-1990, Mr. Younger led the Hurricanes to over 100 victories, which included two undefeated seasons, as well as multiple conference and divisional championships. Mr. Younger was recognized for his outstanding coaching and leadership by being named Cuyahoga Conference Coach of the Year in 1974 and 1978, and Northeastern Ohio Coach of the Year in 1974, 1979, and 1980. Mr. Younger also coached track and served as a teacher in the Brooklyn City Schools.
In addition to his time at Brooklyn, Mr. Younger impacted the lives of students as a football coach and teacher in the Parma City Schools, held a coaching position for the Strongsville City Schools, and served as an instructor at Cuyahoga Community College.
On behalf of the district, thank you to everyone who attended the recent ceremony in honor of Jerry Younger, a beloved coach and educator who proudly represented the Brooklyn City Schools with great pride and excellence.