Yanni Hufnagel a 30-year-old Jewish boy from Scarsdale, New York. As a kid, he read every book on coaching he could find, over and over while using basketball figurines to assimilate the plays described in the books.
Yanni Hufnagel went to work for his town’s public television station calling games for the local teams. His broadcast partner at that time said that you could see that Yanni would either be a coach someday or be a sports announcer.
In his first year at Cornell University, he was a basketball manager. Then he got a chance for a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets. After graduation, he got his big chance to coach as one of his Nets colleagues put him in touch with his old boss in Oklahoma, Jeff Capel. Capel had been looking for a graduate assistant coach. He flew out to Oklahoma for an interview and was offered the position.
Coach Capel recommended Yanni Hufnagel, in 2009, to the head coach at Harvard. He was hired as a volunteer assistant coach with an unpaid intern’s salary. As soon as he got the job he went on the road recruiting players as soon as he possibly could.
Yanni Hufnagel will, it seems, have his choice of jobs working as either an assistant coach at one of the traditional colleges that have a lot of basketball resources or as a head coach.
Yanni Hufnagel has gained an excellent reputation in the basketball world. He graduated from Cornell in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. In 2010 he earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education with the emphasis on Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Oklahoma.
He has coached or been an assistant coach at some of the most prestigious schools around. He was an assistant coach for his Alma Mater, Cornell University, Graduate Assistant for Oklahoma, an Assistant Coach for Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal and at present for Nevada.
He is an excellent recruiter as he is not afraid to hear someone say no and he is a great salesman when it comes to recruiting promising basketball players.
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