Yanni Hufnagel has become an elite assistant men’s basketball coach. He currently the assistant basketball coach for the University of Nevada. His interested in coaching began at an early age, he read coaching books until they were worn out and used figurines to act out the plays he read about. His first experience in collegiate athletics was when he was a teenager, he called games for his local public television station. As a teenager, he was expected to eventually become either a coach or sports announcer.
Yanni Hufnagel attended Cornell University for his bachelor degree studies and also became the school’s basketball manager. He then was offered a chance for a summer internship with the professional basketball team the New Jersey Nets. Upon graduation, the Nets put Yanni Hufnagel in touch with Oklahoma’s head coach Jeff Capel. Jeff Capel at the time was looking for a graduate assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel flew out to see Jeff Capel for an interview and was then immediately offered the position.
Coach Jeff Capel recommended Yanni Hufnagel for the open position at Harvard, but Yanni Hufnagel was instead hired as Harvard’s volunteer assistant coach, earning an unpaid intern’s salary. Despite that, as soon as he got the job, he hit the road recruiting top players as soon as he possibly could.
As Yanni Hufnagel continues to succeed, it appears he will have his choice of jobs working as either an assistant coach or as a head coach. Yanni Hufnagel has been able to provide his knowledge and work ethic to several elite level programs including: Cornell University, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, California Berkeley and now at Harvard. He is a top recruiter among those in the basketball world and is able to sell the program and school and was applauded for his success at selling Harvard to recruits, which many find hard to do.
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