A Review of Yanni Hufnagel’s Journey In Basketball Coaching

Aged 30, the Jewish boy from Scarsdale, Yanni Hufnagel, has established an impressive career in basketball coaching. The former American basketball coach demonstrated high commitment to duty until his last position as an assistant basketball coach at Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team in 2017. While growing up, he cultivated his deep passion for basketball by reading books talk about coaching. After failing to make the cut in Scarsdale High School’s varsity basketball team, he decided to work as a TV commentator for local games. Yanni served as a basketball manager in his first year at Cornell University. Later, he coached New Jersey Nets during a summer internship before joining Oklahoma as an assistant coach after graduating.

While at Oklahoma, Yanni Hufnagel demonstrated a high commitment and great discipline while undertaking his duties. These virtues impressed his head coach, Jeff Capel, who recommended him to Harvard’s head coach. During that period, the institution was looking for a volunteer assistant to fill the vacancy. He secured the job. Later, he worked as the assistant coach for four years. In 2013, he coached Vanderbilt, the USA Youth Team for the 19th Maccabiah games in Israel, and the California Golden Bears. Yanni Hufnagel has a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from Oklahoma University.

While at Harvard, Yanni Hufnagel was voted by his peers as the mid-major assistant coach that is most likely to “make it big time due to his recruiting ability” in a sports survey conducted by CBS. He was also featured in the “Dream Team” of assistant coaches of CBS Sports college basketball prior to the 2012-13 season. Under his leadership, Harvard Crimson men’s basketball upset New Mexico during the 2013 NCAA Division games. He helped Vanderbilt to rank 29th in the 2014 recruiting class. While at California, Yanni Hufnagel brought Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb to the team. The trio worked together to train the Golden Bears for the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

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