Beginning his second season on the Green Wave basketball staff as the director of operations is Yotam Yemini.
Yemini, 24, returned to his alma mater a year ago after spending the 2007-08 campaign in a similar capacity at Chicago State University under head coach Benjy Taylor, a former Green Wave assistant coach from 2005-07.
Yemini's responsibilities included team travel, team budget, meals, ticket distribution and serving as the team's public relations and academic point man within the department. He oversaw the installation of a video exchange program, implemented conditioning and weight lifting programs for student-athletes and organized and supervised the Cougars' summer basketball camp. Yemini also served as the team liaison to the Chicago Sports Information Director and assisted in game-day operations.
He received his bachelor's of science degree in psychology from Tulane in 2007, having spent two semesters conducting hands-on research into teamwork and stress responses. During his time at Tulane, Yemini also served as a student-assistant coach for the Green Wave men's basketball program from 2005-07, and assisted TU's coaches with scouting reports preparation, team travel, meals and equipment.
A native of Rehovot, Israel, Yemini and his family moved to the United States in 1988 and lived in the Milburn, New Jersey area. He attended Millburn High School, where he was a two-year starter on the varsity boys' basketball team, served as team captain his senior year and received all-conference recognition.
He served as a camp instructor for numerous basketball skills camps on the East Coast from 2002-07, and spent six weeks as a volunteer coach for the varsity boy's basketball team at Millburn High School in 2004.