Yanni Hufnagel’s Career Journey As A Basketball Coach And A Recruiter

Yanni Hufnagel is a college basketball recruiter. He is a coach of Jewish-American origin who spent his childhood days in Scarsdale. In 2006, Yanni graduated with a bachelors of Science degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the esteemed Cornel University. In 2010, he earned his master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education from University of Oklahoma. He became the assistant coach during his major middle school. Yanni Hufnagel is regarded as the most persistent basketball recruiter. His goal is to look for high school students who seek to excel in NBA, but would not have made it to Cambridge.

As a child, Hufnagel used to play with small statues of basketball players and widely read coaching books. His best game was lacrosse, which he played for some time at Penn State. Later, he quit and transferred to Scarsdale School. However, Yanni did not qualify to play for the school and instead, like other Jewish boys, watched the games from the public television station in his town. He used to act like Bill Raftery, the commentator. According to Ed Cohen, a women’s team basketball radio presenter, Yanni Hufnagel was ahead of them in analyzing basketball though he was young. To this end, it was predictable from his early life that he would be making a living as a commentator or as a coach.

Yanni Hufnagel became a basketball manager in one season during his first year at Cornel. His breakthrough came after graduation when his former colleague at New Jersey Net, Ryan Krueger, linked him to his former boss who needed a graduate assistant. Jeff Capel, the coach for Oklahoma basketball, offered Hufnagel the position after an interview. Blake Griffin of Oklahoma said that Hufnagel was the most hardworking and genuine man he had ever worked with in basketball. Yanni was also most available to help whenever there was a need.

Hufnagel joined the Harvard Crimson basketball for men in 2009. He worked under Tommy Amaker as a recruiter and an assistant coach. At Harvard, Yanni played a pivotal role in developing Wesley Saunders and Jeremy Lin. In 2013, Yanni Hufnagel joined the Vanderbilt Commodores where he served as an assistant coach. Later, he was recruited at the Golden Bears of California where he led the team to a NCAA Tournament berth in 2016. Hufnagel then joined the University of Nevada where he serves under head coach, Eric Musselman, as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack in the 2016/17 season.