Jim Young, Army's football coach for the past seven years, said yesterday he will retire after this season for personal reasons.
Young, 55, will be replaced by Bob Sutton, 39, the Cadets' associate head coach and defensive coordinator. Sutton, who came to Army in 1983, the same year as Young, has never been a head coach.
Young, who has resurrected the Army program, has compiled a record of 45-34-1. Overall, including stints with Purdue and Arizona, his record is 114-66-2.
Young said he will remain at West Point as a member of the Performance Enhancement Program staff.
Since 1984, when Young installed the wishbone offense, the Cadets have ranked no lower than fifth in the nation in rushing. In their first year with the wishbone, they were number one in rushing.
Young also took the Cadets to three bowl games -- in 1984, when they upset Michigan State, 10-6, in the Cherry Bowl; in 1985, when they upset Illinois 31-29, in the Peach Bowl; and in 1988, when they were edged by Alabama, 29-28, in the Sun Bowl. . . .
Virginia, the defending national soccer co-champion, received two scares during last night's season opener against Radford in Charlottesville, the least of which came from a first-half goal by the Highlanders' Dante Washington.
Goals by Kris Kelderman and Ben Crawley late in the first half gave Virginia a 2-1 lead and seemingly solved the Cavaliers' problems for the evening.
But moments into the second half, freshman goalkeeper Tom Henske collided with Radford midfielder Steve Arkon, sending Henske to the ground for 20 minutes while an ambulance was summoned. Henske briefly lost consciousness and suffered a badly cut lower lip. He was taken to University of Virginia Hospital for observation and released. Freshman Jeff Causey replaced Henske, and Crawley's second goal gave Virginia a 3-1 win.