Why You’ll Be Hearing A Lot About Yanni Hufnagel

Some people like basketball and some people love basketball, Yanni Hufnagel is definitely in the second camp. The young whiz kid of college basketball never played on a college court, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a hot commodity in the minuscule pool of college basketball coaches.


Inauspicious Beginnings

Yanni Hufnagel was raised in Scarsdale, New York where he developed a love for basketball. The coach cut him from his high school varsity basketball team, so he started calling their games on public access television. Ed Cohen, his broadcasting partner, said, “You knew he’d be either doing this for a living or he’d be a coach one day.”

Yanni did play lacrosse and even played a season at Penn State before he transferred to Cornell University. He worked as a manager for the basketball team and interned for the New Jersey Nets.


The Rising Star

After college, Yanni Hufnagel became a graduate assistant under Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel. He coached Blake Griffin, helping him late in the night with rebound shots.

In 2009 he became a volunteer assistant coach at Harvard. He made as much money as an intern, and the Harvard program doesn’t have the reputation as a strong program. As part of his duties, he hit the recruiting trail and managed to sigh Zena Edosomwan, one if the top 100 recruits for 2013. A pretty good catch since Harvard has high admission standards and doesn’t offer athletic scholarships.

Yanni Hufnagel later became an assistant coach at Vanderbilt University where he stayed for one year before moving to the University of California at Berkley program, again as an assistant coach.


Why You Need To Know His Name

Today, Yanni Hufnagel is the assistant coach of the University of Nevada at Reno Wolfpack. He can have almost any job in basketball he wants, and his value keeps increasing. A head coaching job at the college or pro level is around the corner. He’s only waiting for the right moment.


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