Kimani Young
Kimani  Young

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
UTEP, '98


Raise the Barn: Episode 1

Raise the Barn presented by Explore Minnesota takes you behind the scenes of Gopher basketball.

Kimani Young begins his fourth season as assistant coach on Richard Pitino's staff at the University of Minnesota.

Young came to Gold Country after spending the 2012-13 season on Coach Pitino's staff at Florida International University (FIU). Young assisted with all aspects of the program including recruiting, scouting of opponents and practice and game preparation. He was also in charge of creating and running individual training sessions for the guards and coordinated community service activities for the program.

Young arrived at FIU after two stints (2006-08 & 2009-12) at New Heights Youth, Inc. in New York City as the program's athletic director. While at New Heights, Young managed all aspects of the basketball program, including the athletic budget, and built relationships within the basketball community.

In between stints at New Heights, Young spent one season at St. John's University as the program's head team manager and video coordinator. He coordinated film exchange with opponents and oversaw the taping of all games and practices for the 2008-09 season. Young was also heavily involved in coordinating the team's community service activities in the New York City area.

Working with youth is a passion for Young. He has served as the center director for the Police Athletic League of NYC at the Wynn Center (2005-06), assistant center director for the Police Athletic League at Miccio Center (2001-05), a therapeutic recreation assistant at Jewish Board of Family Children Services Kaplan House (1999-2000 and 2001-06) and the program director at Aim High Foundation/S. Carter AAU program in Brooklyn (1998-2000 and 2001-06).

A graduate of Texas-El Paso in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Young starred on the hardwood for UTEP and legendary coach Don Haskins from 1993-97. He finished his tenure with the Miners as one of only 22 all-time players to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. Young enrolled at UTEP after starring as an all-city performer for Forest Hills High School in Queens, earning honorable mention McDonald's All-America honors as a senior in 1992.


2013-present Assistant Coach University of Minnesota
2012-13 Assistant Coach Florida International
2006-08/2009-12 Athletic Director New Heights Youth, Inc.
2008-09 Head Manager/Video Coordinator St. John's University
2005-06 Center Director PAL of NY - Wynn Center
2001-05 Assistant Center Director PAL of NY - Miccio Center
1999-2000/2001-06 Therapeutic Recreation Assistant JBFCS Kaplan House
1998-2000/2001-06 Program Director Aim High Foundation
2001-06 Scout/Coach Big Apple Basketball, Inc.


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