MIAMI (June 12, 2012) --- FIU Head Coach Richard Pitino announced on Tuesday the addition of Kimani Young, Mark Lieberman, Mike Balado, Casey Stanley and Josh Adel to the men's basketball staff.
"I'm extremely excited about our new additions to the FIU men's basketball staff," Pitino said. "The key to success at any level is to surround yourself with great people. I believe we have done that with the additions of Kimani Young, Mark Lieberman and Mike Balado as well as Casey Stanley and Josh Adel."
Young, who hails from Queens, N.Y., will serve as assistant coach and comes to FIU after serving as athletic director for the New Heights non-profit youth program in the Bronx since the fall of 2006. In the summer of 2008, Young joined the St. John's Red Storm staff as the head team manager/video coordinator where he was responsible for a variety of administrative duties in the basketball office, taking on many responsibilities related to the program's day-to-day operations. He returned to New Heights in the spring of 2009. Much of Young's career has been spent working with New York City's youth, as his stint with New Heights included serving as center director for the NYC Police Athletic League's Wynn Center (2005-06) and as assistant center director at the NYC PAL's Miccio Center (2001-05), both in Brooklyn. 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.
"We are excited about Kimani Young because he brings a lot of connections from the New York, New Jersey area; an area in which we expect to do a lot of recruiting," Pitino said. "Kimani is great with people, has an unbelievable work ethic and is a great teacher and a student of the game."
Lieberman will serve as assistant coach and comes to FIU after two years at Louisville. He served as director of basketball operations last year and was an assistant coach for the Cardinals during the 2010-11 season. Prior to his stint in Louisville, Lieberman was a successful high school coach for 16 years. He guided Monsignor Pace to five Florida state championships (including one as an assistant), three runner-up finishes and 10 total Elite Eight appearances while compiling a 335-95 record in 13 seasons. He was honored as the Florida High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year on three occasions (2003, 2007, 2008) and twice served as the head coach of a high school all-star game, including the 2008 Derby Festival All-Star game in Louisville and the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game played in Miami. Lieberman earned a bachelor's degree in communications from FIU in 1995.
"Mark Lieberman comes to us with a lot of coaching experience from the state of Florida," Pitino said. "He has great energy on and off the court and will be a valuable asset to our staff."
Balado comes to FIU after three seasons at High Point and will serve as assistant coach. At High Point, he assisted in all areas of the Panther basketball program with a heavy concentration on recruiting. He joined the HPU staff after spending the 2008-09 season on the University of Miami basketball staff. He helped the Hurricanes compile a 19-13 record and earn a trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Prior to coaching at Miami, Balado spent three years on the Florida Atlantic University basketball staff. Balado spent two seasons at Miami Dade College and one year a Nova Southeastern before taking the post at FAU. He began his collegiate coaching career at Augusta (Ga.) State University where he served as a graduate assistant from 1998-2000. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1998 and added a master's of education in exercise and sport science from Augusta State in 2000.
"Mike Balado has great experience in the college game as well as the junior college ranks," Pitino said. "He knows the state of Florida and will be able to recruit from top to bottom. He is a tireless worker and will bring a lot to our staff."
Stanley will serve as the team's director of basketball operations. He comes to FIU after spending one season at Louisville as assistant video coordinator. Prior to Louisville, he spent one season as the coordinator of basketball operations at Seton Hall under Kevin Willard. At Seton Hall, Stanley was responsible for video scouting and team travel, as well as running the day-to-day operations of the program. Stanley also operated as a producer for the Seton Hall Basketball television show, ran the Kevin Willard Basketball Camp and was the director of Seton Hall Basketball's Booster Club. Prior to coming to Seton Hall, Stanley spent two years as graduate assistant and video coordinator under Willard at Iona College, where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 2008.
"Casey Stanley worked with us at the University of Louisville and was the hardest worker in the program," Pitino said. "He will be extremely organized and very meticulous with everything he does."
Adel comes to FIU as the Panthers' video coordinator after spending five years with the Florida Gators. He began his stint with the Gators in 2007 and was promoted to head manager in August of 2009. As head manager, Adel was responsible for organizing the annual Gator Coaches Clinic. He also attended practices and assisted with the Florida scouting reports. During his time with UF, the Gators made three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two in the Elite Eight (2011 & 2012). Florida also advanced to the NIT Quarterfinals (2009) and the NIT Semifinals (2008). Adel received a bachelor's degree in biology from Florida in 2012.
"Josh Adel has been around the game his whole life," Pitino said. "He loves basketball and will bring a lot to our staff."
About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/