Dan Hurleyâ€™s coaching staff on the UConn menâ€™s basketball team officially expanded by one today. The Huskies hired Kimani Young, who spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, to a similar job in Storrs.
Young, 44, is a New York City native who is purported to be a top-notch recruiter, especially of the metropolitan area.
He joins Tom Moore, the longtime UConn assistant and Quinnipiac head coach, on Hurleyâ€™s first UConn staff.
â€śI think Kimani will be a great fit at UConn,â€ť Hurley said in a statement. â€śHeâ€™s a high-energy guy with a tremendous work ethic and a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge. Heâ€™s got some of the best relationships in the metropolitan area, which I think will be invaluable at a place like UConn.â€ť
The Huskiesâ€™ entire staff could be finalized this week. David Cox, Hurleyâ€™s associate head coach at Rhode Island, is a candidate for the vacancy created when Hurley left for UConn.
If Cox does not land that job, he would likely follow Hurley and join the Huskies.
Young has worked for Richard Pitino - son of Rick Pitino - for the last six seasons, five at Minnesota and for one season at Florida International.
Before FIU, Young had two stints as the athletic director of New Heights Youth, Inc. in New York. He was also previously the video coordinator at St. Johnâ€™s and the Red Stormâ€™s head manager.
â€śMy relationship with Danny started back when he as a high school coach and I was an AAU coach in New York,â€ť Young said. â€śWe just bounced around in the same circles.â€ť
Young was a star at Texas-El Paso.
He played for Don Haskins at UTEP from 1993-97, finishing his career with 1,023 points.
Heâ€™s glad to be back in the New York area.
â€śI just think it was the total package of being close to home, being in a region where I can really bring value in terms of my relationships, and my connections to that area,â€ť Young said of leaving Minnesota for UConn. â€śI believe in the brand of UConn basketball. Itâ€™s a national brand, itâ€™s a championship brand.â€ť