Yanni Hufnagel: one of America’s greatest college basketball coaches

Yanni Hufnagel is one of America’s greatest college basketball coaches. Yanni Hufnagel is a jewish boy from New York. As a kid he was obsessed with coaching and would read every book on coaching he could get his hands on. He would then use basketball figurines to act out the plays detailed in the book. Hufnagel’s first job in the sports industry was calling local games for his city’s public television station.

Yanni Hufnagel attended Cornell University and became their basketball manager. He then was given the opportunity to intern with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. After graduating, the New Jersey Nets connected him with Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel. Jeff Capel was searching for a graduate assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel then flew out to Oklahoma and was interviewed by Jeff Capel and immediately offered him the position.

Yanni Hufnagel left Oklahoma in 2009, when Coach Capel recommended him for the head coaching position at Harvard University. Harvard University hired Yanni Hufnagel as a volunteer assistant coach and included an unpaid intern’s salary. As soon as he was hired, he took to the road to recruit the top players across the country.

Yanni Hufnagel has become one of the most respected coaches in the basketball world. He is expected to have his choice of jobs, working as either a head coach or an assistant coach. Yanni graduated from Cornell in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. He then went to Oklahoma where he earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education.

He has coached many of the prestigious schools in the country including Cornell University, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal and most recently Nevada. He has become an excellent recruiter and is able to sell the basketball program he is representing. Yanni continues to drive the Nevada program forward.

 

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