Richard Pitino announced today, the first members of his staff, assistant coaches Mike Balado and Kimani Young.
"I am excited about the additions of coach Balado and coach Young to our staff at the University of Minnesota," said Pitino in a media release. "Both of these guys played a huge part in our turnaround at Florida International. They are well respected within the coaching community as terrific recruiters and leaders of student-athletes."
Balado spent last season on Pitino's staff at Florida International University. While at FIU, he assisted with all aspects of the program including recruiting, scheduling and academic monitoring as well as practice and game preparation.
Young also was a member of Pitino's program at FIU and assisted with recruiting, scouting, practice and game preparation. Young is tied with the New York AAU scene which should serve as a potential pipeline.