Yanni Hufnagel has become one of America’s top college basketball coaches. Yanni Hufnagel was born and raised in New York. Growing up he was strongly passionate about coaching and reading any informative coaching book he could get his hands on. He then acted out the plays he read about by using basketball figures. Hufnagel’s first taste of the college sports world was calling his local games for his local public television station.
Yanni Hufnagel received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and also became the school’s basketball manager. He later was awarded an internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Upon graduation, the NBA team connected Hufnagel with Oklahoma’s Coach Jeff Capel. Coach Jeff Capel was in dire need of a graduate assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel then flew out to Oklahoma and was interviewed by Jeff Capel and immediately offered him the position.
In 2008, Yanni Hufnagel left Oklahoma in 2009 and took a job at Harvard University. Coach Capel reccommended Yanni Hufnagel for the head coaching spot at Harvard but Hufnagel ended up as a volunteer assistant coach and included an unpaid intern’s salary. Upon accepting the position, Yanni Hufnagel took to the road recruiting the top players across America.
Yanni Hufnagel has become a leading coach in the basketball world. He has become so popular and successful, that he is expected to have his pick at any job, whether it be a head coach position or an assistant coach position. Yanni Hufnagel went to Oklahoma and earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education.
Yanni Hufnagel has become known for coaching many of the country’s top-tier basketball programs including: Cornell University, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal and most recently Nevada. He has become a top recruiter and is able to sell his school’s athletic program to many top recruits. He continues to shine brightly in Nevada.