Everyone has a dream. Some have the inherent talent to make that dream a reality. This is the case for Yanni Hufnagel.
Hufnagel was born in Scarsdale, New York. From an early age, basketball, and the coaching thereof, fascinated him. He studied the books he read and worked out the various plays he learned.
Yanni cut his teeth in sports as an announcer for public television. After attending one year at the University of Pennsylvania, Hufnagel transferred to Cornell University. There, he took the position of basketball manager. He took the opportunity to do a summer internship with the New Jersey Nets.
From that point on, Yanni Hufnagel’s star began to rise higher and higher. He interviewed with Jeff Capel from University of Oklahoma and was hired for the position of graduate assistant coach. He moved on to Harvard as a volunteer assistant coach, as an unpaid intern. His acumen for recruiting was seen during this time and continued as he subsequently coached for Vanderbilt, University of California Berkeley and University of Nevada, Reno.
During his time with these colleges, Hufnagel brought many players on board such as Jeremy Lin and Wade Baldwin IV. At Berkeley, he helped land Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown for the 2015 season. He was seen by his peers as both a great assistant basketball coach and recruiter for the game.
Yanni Hufnagel obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell and earned a Masters from University of Oklahoma in Adult Higher Education, emphasizing Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.