Yanni Hufnagel was born in New York and has been obsessed with coaching ever since. As a small jewish kid, he would grab any coaching book he could find and read it and then act out the plays from the book with athlete figurines. Yanni Hufnagel first entered the sports world as a commentator at local games for his local public television station. Hufnagel then moved on to Cornell University, where he studied and worked as their basketball manager.
After his time at Cornell University, Yanni Hufnagel received an internship with the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. After graduating, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets put him in touch with Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel. Coach Jeff Capel was in desperate need of a graduate assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel traveled to Oklahoma for an interview with Jeff Capel and was then immediately offered the job.
In 2009, Yanni Hufnagel said goodbye to Oklahoma and was recommended for the head coach position at Harvard University. Unfortunately, Yanni Hufnagel was hired as only a volunteer assistant coach and received an unpaid intern’s salary. However, as one who respects the game, Yanni Hufnagel went on a road trip to recruit the top players from around the country.
Yanni Hufnagel’s successes are numerous and have led him to have his pick of jobs, whether it be as a head coach or as an assistant coach. Yanni Hufnagel graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor’s degree and then earned a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma.
Yanni Hufnagel’s successes can be traced back to his time at Cornell University, Oklahoma, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Cal and most recently Nevada. He continues to shine as a top recruiter and is a great salesman. Yanni Hufnagel continues to move the Nevada basketball program forward with his excellent coaching work and recruitment work. Yanni Hufnagel works his magic wherever he goes.