Yanni Hufnagel is a jewish-boy who grew up in New York. As a kid he loved learning about coaching and would read any book about coaching he could find. He would then act out the plays in the book using basketball action figures. Hufnagel’s first taste of the sports industry was calling games for his city’s public television station.
Hufnagel went to Cornell University and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. While at Cornell University, he became their basketball manager. He later was given an internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Once he graduated the New Jersey Nets staff put him in touch with Oklahoma’s basketball coach Jeff Capel. Jeff Capel was in need of a graduate assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel then traveled to Oklahoma, where he was interviewed and immediately offered the job by Jeff Capel.
In 2006 he left Oklahoma and Jeff Capel recommended him for the open head coaching spot at Harvard University. Harvard University picked up Yanni Hufnagel and made him their volunteer assistant coach and gave him an unpaid intern’s salary. Immediately after being hired, he took to the road to recruit the top players across the country.
Through his work in college basketball, he has become one of the most respect men in the sport. Many believe Yanni Hufnagel will be given his choice of jobs, whether it be a head coaching position or an assistant coaching position. Yanni Hufnagel went to Oklahoma and earned a Master’s Degree in Adult Higher Education.
Yanni Hufnagel has coached many of the top-tier basketball programs in the country including: Cornell University, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal and most recently Nevada. He has become known for being able to recruit top players from around the country. He is able to sell the basketball program he represents.