UConn Magazine: One of Geno’s Guys

Student Shane Young teaching a First-Year Experience class at UConn.
Shane Young ’21 teaching a first-year experience class on April 18, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

There aren’t many men on campus who can say they’ve played basketball for Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma – but that’s not the only way Shane Young ’21 (BUS) stands out.

Young, who is one of about 20 men who plays in a regular rotation of practice games against UConn’s mighty women’s basketball team, is a Babbidge Scholar and the fourth member of his family to attend UConn, following in the footsteps of his mother, brother, and sister. Young has interned with TD Securities in New York City and credits the UConn Consulting Group with helping his development as a business student. The group works with real companies on semester-long projects, tackling a variety of issues with help from a strong base of alumni active in the business world.

If all that’s not enough, Young is also focused on service, spending an alternative Spring Break in Detroit where he did everything from working in a food bank to talking to kids at an inner-city school.

And what’s it like to be a guy playing against the most famous women’s basketball team in the world?

“They definitely know that they’re better than us, and they love rubbing that in our faces,” he laughs.

Read on for more.