The Sky Tower Auckland Huskies are delighted to announcent the reappointment of Aaron Young as Head Coach for the 2022 Sal’s NBL season. 

Young has made a strong impression in his first season as Head Coach putting the Huskies in the driving position to clinch a playoff spot in the clubs first full season.

Huskies GM Matt Lacey says, “Aaron’s appointment aligns with the Huskies philosophy of promoting local talent.”

“Our vision was to have a strong development base within Auckland and I think we have achieved that this year.

“Aaron has been excellent in a number of areas in his first season. His attention to detail and understanding of the non-coaching elements of a Head Coaching role has been most impressive to me. I am excited to see how he continues to build the Huskies programme.

“This season we have made huge strides in setting up a franchise, building a pathway for Auckland players and coaches. We just want to build that into the future.” 

Young is excited about the proposition of building on the work he has put in in his first year as Head Coach.

“I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to come back. This season has been a great stepping stone for what’s to come and I’m very excited to continue to build  for the future.

“This year we have been able to deliver on our vision of providing a pathway for Auckland basketball players, giving them the opportunity to step into a significant role on the team.

“Being able to give young players the opportunity to excel and grow before they take on the next opportunity. 

“It’s been rewarding to see their progress. They approach the game in the right way, they are committed, so when they step on the floor they are able to contribute game after game. 

Moving forward Aaron expects more local talent will suit up for the Huskies in 2022 and beyond.

“We are always looking to identify who are the next kids who are going to come in and make an impact. We want to give them the exposure and experience so that if they are going on to play in college or internationally they are prepared mentally and physically for those different challenges.

Young recognises that there is a whole team of people providing him and the players with support and he is indebted to the rest of the Huskies staff for their contributions during the current campaign.

“Across the board the support has been humbling for me as the coach. When you surround yourself with great people, a lot of them volunteering their time, who only have the success of the team at heart it makes my job quite simple.

“I only have to concentrate on building the best team that I can and when you have a good support staff like I do it takes the pressure off and I only have to worry about coaching.

“I’m looking forward to building the Pack!

The 29-year old Rangitoto College alumnus has undertaken a variety of coaching roles in the past ten years. He was the video Co-ordinator at the New Zealand Breakers, had NBL assistant coach experience with Wellington Saints and the Huskies in 2019, two cycles with New Zealand Age-Group teams (currently an assistant coach with the Junior Tall Blacks) and is Head Coach of the St Kentigern College Premier Team – 2019 New Zealand Secondary School Champions.

His achievement in building the Huskies team and creating a strong culture was recognised by Chris Johnson.

“We’ve grown a lot as a club this season and it’s been an absolute pleasure to be a part of something I feel is special.

“What really stood out to me was this last road trip and seeing Nick (Barrow) filling up water bottles and handing them out to guys while on the bench. I know he wants to play but that says a lot about this group of guys.”

Next up for the Huskies is a home game against Taranaki Mountainairs on Sunday at Eventfinda Stadium, tip-off 5.00pm. Find your tickets here