Yanni Hufnagel is a Jewish born New Yorker. Throughout his life, he has been obsessed with coaching basketball. As a little kid, he read every coaching book out there. He would then act out the plays he read about in the book, with basketball action figures. Hufnagel entered to sports world, by calling games in his hometown for the local public television station.
Yanni Hufnagel attended and graduated from Cornell University. He got his feet wet in basketball by becoming their basketball manager. He then received an opportunity to intern with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Upon graduation, the staff at the New Jersey Nets, put him in touch with Oklahoma’s basketball coach Jeff Capel. Coach Jeff Capel was hunting for a graduate assistant coach. Capel invited Yanni Hufnagel to Oklahoma for an interview and immediately offered him the position.
Yanni Hufnagel wrapped up his time with Oklahoma in 2009 and Coach Capel recommended Yanni for Harvard’s head coaching position. However, Harvard University appointed Yanni Hufnagel as the volunteer assistant coach and gave him an unpaid intern’s salary. Immediately, he took to the road to recruit the top players across the country.
America has become focused on Yanni Hufnagel’s success as a coach on basketball’s collegiate level. Many expect him to soon be able to pick his own job, whether it be as a head coach or an assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel attended Oklahoma where he earned his Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education.
Yanni Hufnagel has a long resume when it comes to coaching. He has worked with several top-notch schools across the country including: Cornell, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, California Berkeley and was just recently hired by Nevada. People applaud him for his skills as a recruiter. He manages to successfully sell his school’s program to the recruits he meets with.