Kimani Young is in his first season as an assistant coach at Connecticut.
Originally from Queens, N.Y., Young had been at the University of Minnesota as an assistant coach on the staff of Richard Pitino for the last five years and was also on staff with Pitino at Florida International for a year prior to that. Previously, his entire professional career took place in the New York metropolitan area.
At Florida International in 2012-13, Young helped the team notch 18 wins and achieve the program’s first winning season in 13 years. He was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting of opponents, practice and and game preparation. He also was in charge of running individual training sessions for guards and in charge of coordinating community service activities.
Young has always shown a passion for working with youths. Before taking the job at FIU, Young had two stints (2006-08, 2009-12) as the athletic director for the New Heights Youth, Inc. program, managing all aspects of the program, including budgeting and building relationships within the New York City metropolitan community.
Young also worked as the program director for the Aim High Foundation in Brooklyn, a coach for Big Apple Basketball, Inc., and as a rec assistant for Kaplan House, a facility for young men in foster homes. Young was the center director for two centers for the Police Athletic League of New York.
Young played his college basketball at Texas-El Paso for legendary Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins. he graduated in 1998 with a degree in criminal justice and as one of only 22 players at the time to score 1,000 career points.
Before going to UTEP, Young starred as an All-New York City selection out of Forest Hills High School in Queens, earning honorable mention McDonald’s All-American honors as a senior in 1992.